ti·​dy | \ ˈtī-dē How to pronounce tidy (audio) \
tidier; tidiest

Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : neat and orderly in appearance or habits : well ordered and cared for
b : methodical, precise a tidy mind
2 : large, substantial a tidy profit
3 : adequately satisfactory : acceptable, fair a tidy solution to their problem
4 : properly filled out : plump

tidy

verb
tidied; tidying

Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put in order tidy up a room

intransitive verb

: to make things tidy tidying up after supper

tidy

noun
plural tidies

Definition of tidy (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a usually compartmentalized receptacle for various small objects
2 : a piece of fancywork used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soil

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Other Words from tidy

Adjective

tidily \ ˈtī-​də-​lē How to pronounce tidily (audio) \ adverb
tidiness \ ˈtī-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce tidiness (audio) \ noun

Verb

tidier noun

Examples of tidy in a Sentence

Adjective He has always been a tidy person. She earns a tidy salary. They paid a tidy sum for the house. Verb I tidied the house before they arrived.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The situation creates an arbitrage opportunity for market players to store crude for a few months and then flip it at a later date for a tidy profit. Matt Egan, CNN, "China is storing an epic amount of oil at sea. Here's why," 1 July 2020 The four-door Venue hatchback is a tidy 159 inches long, riding on a 99.2-inch wheelbase. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Hyundai Venue SUV packs features and value into small package," 9 July 2020 Yes, this is a very weird reaction, especially considering the film’s rather tidy, cheerful finish. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Palm Springs Is a Timely Comedy About Being Stuck in the Now," 9 July 2020 Two interior slip pockets keep notes and magazines tidy and a zippered pocket in the back secures your wallet, passport, or train tickets. Popular Science, "Grown-up backpacks to keep your stuff organized," 19 June 2020 Cadillac could have done something special in building a tidy luxury compact. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "The Greatest Racer, Advancements, Blunders, Designer, and More," 1 July 2020 This all made headlines, but the truth is San Francisco’s Pride Parade, for all its rainbows and smiles and messages of love and togetherness, has never been a simple and tidy thing. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "50 years of San Francisco Pride, from Stonewall to Black Lives Matter," 26 June 2020 The bag, which debuted last fall, comes in three color selections (black, pink and striped) and features a tidy zip closure, interior slide pockets and a prominent exterior zip pocket. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "These Kate Spade crossbody bags are marked down to $59—but not for long," 24 June 2020 Even just betting on a vanilla fund that tracks the S&P 500 would have given investors a tidy return of nearly 40% since the March 23 lows. Matt Egan, CNN, "US billionaires have become $565 billion richer during the pandemic," 4 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Without making any sort of dramatic declaration, Hoffmann began to tidy her affairs. Clark Collis, EW.com, "How George A. Romero returned from the grave with posthumous novel The Living Dead," 29 July 2020 This is a fine time to enjoy the great outdoors, tidy up around your castle, or touch base with those who may feel isolated. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: BioNTech expects to seek approval for vaccine by year-end; why the FDA chose a 50% threshold for Covid-19 vaccines," 10 July 2020 For years municipal authorities pushed out hawkers, trying to tidy up the colourful chaos that once characterised China’s cities. The Economist, "Street life after covid-19 China turns to once-spurned hawkers to revive its virus-hit economy," 8 June 2020 For years, municipal officials pushed out hawkers, trying to tidy up the colourful hubbub that once characterised China’s cities. The Economist, "Back peddling China once banned street vendors. Now it welcomes them," 11 June 2020 Buses are packed with day cleaners and nannies who travel long distances to tidy up after the wealthy. Jessica Brice, Bloomberg.com, "It’s Covid Code Red in Latin America With No Signs of Peaking," 7 June 2020 Children, brushed and tidied, are packed off to school. The Economist, "Perspectives Even before lockdowns, confinement was part of human life," 16 May 2020 For a lot of us, spending more time will spark an inevitable urge to do some decluttering, whether that means tidying the linen closet or doing a full basement clean-out. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Where to Donate Household Goods During the COVID-19 Crisis," 28 Mar. 2020 From becoming fascinated with the art of tidying at the age of 5 to starting her own organizing business as a university student in Japan, Marie Kondo and her approach to tidying has sparked joy in people all across the globe. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How 'Tidying Up' maven Marie Kondo brought neatness to the world," 25 Jan. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Around it, tidy raised planters frame soil and crops — small stands of almost everything, including nine fruits, said Koffron — blueberries, rhubarb, currents, pears, apples, raspberries and strawberries. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Old $1.9M A-frame in Bloomfield Hills is a modern-day mini-farm," 11 July 2020 At the diocese quarters, Buenacosa keeps his room tidy and largely keeps to himself. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "In Philippines, a child alleges abuse by Catholic priest — and tests Vatican promise for global reckoning," 23 June 2020 Save $100: The best affordable smart robot vacuum (Photo: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan) Want to keep your home tidy for when the guests arrive this holiday season? Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon Black Friday deals you can get right now," 23 Nov. 2019 Volunteer for Clean Valley Council’s annual spring cleanup to keep the forest tidy for resident turtles and salamanders. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Visit the real-life forests that inspired these famous books," 15 Apr. 2019 The appeal of my WeWork space is fairly obvious: Someone else maintains the free coffee, waters the plants, and tidies up the sun dappled work spaces. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why WeWork Has to Pay Up for Rapid Growth," 25 Apr. 2018 The most popular affordable robot vacuum A good robot vacuum can help you keep your home tidy between deep cleanings, and the Eufy RoboVac 11+ is the #1 best-selling robot vacuum on Amazon right now. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals for the first day of spring," 20 Mar. 2018 The truth escapes them that within a month, their designer efforts will be covered in old pizza boxes and dirty clothes exactly like the other rooms -- until mom shows up a day early for homecoming and tidies things up a bit. Beth Thames, AL.com, "Oprah for president? She's served her country already," 10 Jan. 2018 YOUR PROPERTY TIDY Have the lawn mowed, the plants watered and the pool cleaned. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "How to Protect Your House When You’re on Vacation," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of tidy

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1821, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tidy

Adjective

Middle English, timely, in good condition, from tide time

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The first known use of tidy was in the 13th century

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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidy. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: clean and organized : not messy
: keeping things clean and organized
informal, of an amount of money : fairly large

tidy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (something) tidy : to make (something) clean and organized

tidy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tidy (Entry 3 of 3)

British : a container for storing small items
ti·​dy | \ ˈtī-dē How to pronounce tidy (audio) \
tidier; tidiest

Kids Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : well ordered and cared for : neat
2 : large, substantial a tidy sum

Other Words from tidy

tidiness noun

tidy

verb
tidied; tidying

Kids Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make things neat

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