tidy

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adjective

ti·​dy ˈtī-dē How to pronounce tidy (audio)
tidier; tidiest
1
a
: 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
tidily adverb
tidiness noun

tidy

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verb

tidied; tidying

transitive verb

: to put in order
tidy up a room

intransitive verb

: to make things tidy
tidying up after supper
tidier noun

tidy

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noun

plural tidies
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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The counters are tidy; the bar stools smooth and unrusted. Diti Kohli, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Jan. 2023 The film isn’t perfect: What ends up happening to Hawa, for instance, is a bit too tidy. Shamira Ibrahim, The Atlantic, 18 Jan. 2023 Andor recognizes that Star Wars has always been political, even when its politics were too tidy: Empire Bad. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 23 Nov. 2022 But being too tidy can actually shortchange your plants. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 More introspective variations were quite warmly caressed, but some raging octaves elsewhere weren’t ideally tidy. Dallas News, 13 June 2022 Perhaps there’s something a little tidy and fantastical about the way Field makes Tár the author of her own demise. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2022 For example, passengers place all of their bags in the bins, which transport the items in a tidy and orderly fashion, like widgets in a factory assembly line. Andrea Sachs, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Nov. 2022 The medal-winning Helles Rauchbier is an acquired taste, smelling and tasting like a campfire — albeit in a bright, tidy and refreshing package. Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune, 28 Oct. 2022
Verb
This year try to regularly tidy up to prevent the deepest of deep cleans come April. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 20 Jan. 2023 All inclusive packages come with a captain and crew who will take care of all your needs on board (i.e. prepare meals and tidy up the boat). Leila Najafi, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Mar. 2022 According to their creators, the machines will be able to find oil on their own and talk to one another to compute the most efficient way to tidy it up. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2010 Part of that can be attributed to the tendency to tidy up Big Conversations with pat remarks and swift expository dialogue. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2022 Or use some of these machines to tidy hard-to-reach places in which dust, dirt, and other mites accumulate over time. Grace Smith, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Nov. 2022 No matter the location, keep a small vacuum or broom nearby to tidy up whatever your cat tracks outside the box. Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 And the understandable urge to snip and tidy them before the credits roll translates to a film dogged by uneven pacing. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Oct. 2022 An easy way to spruce up an entryway and tidy it at the same time is with a coat and shoe rack combo, like this one from Homekoko that is currently going for $80. Jennifer Maldonado, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2022
Noun
The Inner Richmond dad in March 2021 founded Refuse Refuse — meaning reject trash — as a one-man cleanup operation determined to keep his block tidy. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Jan. 2023 No campaign signs ever perched in the tidy, mulched yard, a neighbor told the Globe. Hanna Krueger, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2023 With that in mind, the Townspeople program will include a questionnaire that asks people a variety of questions that may range from political views to their thoughts on keeping a home tidy. Gary Warth Dec. 27, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Dec. 2022 Though the denouement proves to be a little tidy, there’s authentic heart in this amusing play. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2022 Browse more than 20 of the best bathroom organization ideas to get your washroom tidy and in tip-top shape in no time. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 4 Jan. 2023 Just like at the 2018 tournament, Japanese supporters arrived in huge numbers, and again took it upon themselves to undertake post-match tidy-ups of the stadiums. Bysimon Chadwick And Paul Widdop, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2022 Smooth Talk is a coming-of-age masterstroke that resists the genre’s tidy messaging, with Dern as its thorny gravitational pull. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 3 June 2022 The contestants are encouraged to clean up after themselves, but Channel 9 also has cleaners that go in at various times to keep the Love Island Australia villa tidy. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 6 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Tidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidy. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

tidy

1 of 3 adjective
ti·​dy ˈtīd-ē How to pronounce tidy (audio)
tidier; tidiest
1
: well ordered and cared for
2
: large, substantial
a tidy price

tidy

2 of 3 verb
tidied; tidying
1
: to put in order
tidy up the room
2
: to make things tidy

tidy

3 of 3 noun
plural tidies
: a fancy covering used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soiling

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