tidy

adjective
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 tidy (audio) \ adverb
tidiness \ ˈtī-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce tidy (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 enduring image of the American Dream is owning a tidy single-family house behind a white picket fence in the suburbs. Erin B. Logan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 The granite marker in Richmond’s name stands roughly waist high and is now located in a tidy, groomed courtyard of Becker College, maybe a mile’s stroll northwest of Polar Park. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021 The house on a quiet street in Northwest Washington was the kind of tidy, brick place that bespeaks proper family life. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 6 May 2021 Again, Pray’s storytelling feels all too neatly parceled out, too tidy even amidst Pose’s penchant for keeping its episodes tightly packaged. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 3 May 2021 Things like cooking dinner, washing dishes, keeping things tidy. Lee Marshall, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2021 Violins weren’t always tidy in runs in the first movement. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2021 Grocery store workers have been stocking shelves, handling customers and keeping stores tidy in challenging and sometimes dangerous pandemic conditions, but the vaccine remains elusive to them. Tara John, CNN, 19 Feb. 2021 Today, the space is again neat and tidy, ready for warm-weather diners these next eight months. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Startups are testing out ways to tidy up, from magnets to robotic tentacles. Eric Niiler, Wired, 29 Mar. 2021 In a subsequent lawsuit, four of the whistle-blowers claimed Paxton directed his staff to investigate the donor’s enemies and tidy up some of his legal troubles. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Member businesses may select a date to provide all volunteers from their staff as a team building activity, or chamber members can sign up individually to tidy up while networking. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 3 May 2021 Before moving on to visit the memorial and the site of the factory where Donohue was slowly poisoned to death, Rachel took the time to tidy up the woman’s final resting spot. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2021 Campsites that previously took crews several days to tidy up or remove can now require several weeks of work as the sites attracted more people and accumulated more waste, officials said. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2021 While some may be using the downtime to maintain their gear and tidy up their hard drives, others have pivoted to serve clients’ new needs, including for more visually compelling online presentations and mailings. Marian Salzman, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 One quick note: It’s much easier to use the desktop or web app to tidy up. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, 7 Mar. 2021 This month, many of us turned to handy storage solutions, including a clever Yamazaki countertop utensil organizer, to tidy up our homes ahead of spring. Caitlin Sole, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Back at Salt Pond Beach Park, several dozen occupants maintain a tidy campsite, with tents pitched beneath palm trees and toys stacked for children. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 For years, the industry has categorized scents into tidy olfactory groupings, which are commonly used by brands, retailers, and journalists. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2021 From his home in the suburb of Missouri City, Cains drives east across Houston every few days to keep the mural and its surroundings tidy. Maya Rao, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 While the local government pays some residents to tidy streets, on the last Saturday of every month each family must help clean up their community. Richard Quest And Joe Minihane, CNN, 13 Apr. 2021 Here are some smart but low-effort ways for gamers to keep their floors and walls tidy. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 8 Apr. 2021 What’s quite nice is that the past is usually a lot less tidy and a lot more interesting. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2021 The cabinet keeps Don's toys tidy behind closed doors, and the dollhouse was a lucky thrift store find. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Mar. 2021 Twelve South’s SurfaceSnap cable organizers help keep your desk tidy and your chargers from falling to the floor during the day. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 1 Mar. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for tidy

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

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4 Jun 2021

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“Tidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidy. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for tidy

tidy

adjective

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

tidy

adjective
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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