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 To allow the chi to circulate freely throughout the room, employ organizational methods that keep your bedroom neat and tidy, and clear out any unwanted or unnecessary items. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2021 ETFs can put Bitcoin into a tidy package that fits within the construct of an investor’s existing brokerage accounts. Jesse Proudman, Fortune, 28 Apr. 2021 Tuition was $200 a year, a tidy sum for the land tillers, tradesmen and teachers that populate nearby farming communities. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 An anonymous bidder has offered to buy the site of the Miami-area condo collapse for a tidy sum of $120 million, according to reports. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 12 Aug. 2021 Pruning tomato plants is an optional, yet recommended, technique that some gardeners use to keep plants tidy, manipulate fruit size, and even hasten ripening. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 23 June 2021 Yet, a weed-free garden looks neat and tidy, especially right after big weeding session. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 July 2021 Masback also suggests scanning images and paying attention to particularly neat and tidy rows, which often indicate the presence of military bases. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2021 However, do not shortchange yourself if capturing a tidy profit is important to you. Bill Jordan, Dallas News, 27 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These days, a staff member will tidy up every other day, a 30-minute routine that involves making the bed, wiping down the bathroom and swapping out the pillowcases. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 It’s always a good idea to tidy up your gaming area. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 Sep. 2021 This respite can offer you a chance to tidy up the areas of your life which Uranus rules, including, but not limited to, any personal or political revolutions. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 18 Aug. 2021 The first key for the Empire on Sunday is to tidy up their breakoffs in respawn modes. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 23 July 2021 March saw readers shopping for products to tidy up, stay healthy and show their pets some extra TLC. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, 2 Apr. 2021 The salon is seeing an influx of men coming in to tidy up—but still maintain—their longer pandemic hair, Ms. Rivera said. Sarah Chaney Cambon, WSJ, 29 July 2021 Her goal was to tidy up her landings and gain more consistency on vault and floor. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 So tidy your desk, turn on some good lights and maybe move locations. Expert Panel, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eastwood, at this stage of his career, can’t really be bothered with narrative escalation and clever twists and tidy endings and closure. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 15 Sep. 2021 Just ask any kid under 10 who pronounces their room tidy after leaving their dirty socks next to the hamper or shoving a years' worth of homework into a single desk drawer. Allure Editors, Allure, 15 Sep. 2021 Classic comedy featuring messy Oscar Madison and his tidy roommate Felix Unger. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 13 Sep. 2021 Plus, this over-the-sink drying mat that's on sale for $20 can help keep your kitchen tidy. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Satish Malhotra said keeping his home office tidy has become a matter of habit. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2021 Veteran players hand out corrections to teammates instead of coaches and encourage each other to keep their locker room tidy. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2021 The four other mesh pockets kept the rest of the tent tidy. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2021 Your husband may remember from those years that there was some parental tolerance for not always keeping his room tidy. Washington Post, 28 June 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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The first known use of tidy was in the 13th century

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20 Sep 2021

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“Tidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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tidy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: clean and organized : not messy
: keeping things clean and organized
: 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)

: 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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