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 Give visitors a warm (and tidy) welcome by following these holiday cleaning steps. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Holiday Cleaning Checklist Is Your Go-To Guide Before Guests Arrive," 19 Oct. 2020 Superior Third Party Logistics, a warehouse and logistics outfit near the fairgrounds in St. Paul, makes a tidy chunk of change selling parking space during the Minnesota State Fair. Star Tribune, "Solar industry-Xcel flap won't dim long-term growth of Minnesota industry," 18 Oct. 2020 By mid-October, harvest was in full swing in southwestern Iowa, home to tidy farms, small towns dotted with churches and residents who are mostly White and conservative-leaning in their politics. Jenna Johnson, Washington Post, "Can Biden compete in Trump’s rural strongholds? Democrats hope so.," 17 Oct. 2020 Prosecutors convinced a judge that Ty Garbin, 25, of Hartland Township, a tidy mobile home park in Livingston County, was a danger to society and could not be trusted not to flee. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Airplane mechanic accused in Whitmer kidnap plot denied bond," 16 Oct. 2020 Typical Zoom etiquette also advises that workers ensure that their backdrops look tidy and their outfits pulled-together, a tall order when there are small children running amok at all hours. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The way we run meetings now is hell for working moms," 16 Oct. 2020 The swaggering lyrics served as a tidy rebuke to the perverse flurry of news stories that had been written about Harris all summer—stories that treated her political successes as evidence against her elevation. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Why Women Can’t Want," 7 Oct. 2020 Here’s to keeping your Zoom background as tidy and clear as your headspace. Shop the best home organization products from Amazon that both play and look the part. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Spending More Time at Home? 21 Stylish Ways to Organize Every Corner," 7 Oct. 2020 The stakes seem lower, the relationships are messy and there are no tidy paths to victory — that’s the appeal, for me. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Y.A. Dystopia to the Lives of Stoics," 29 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many families have been using the downtime during COVID-19 to clean out their kids’ closets, declutter the pile of toys stacked up in the living room and tidy up the bookcase. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, "Pop-up kids’ consignment sale coming to shopping center," 16 Oct. 2020 Diversification is not an issue of window-dressing — of bringing on a Black curator to tidy up your own mess. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "The Philip Guston controversy is turning artists against the National Gallery," 16 Oct. 2020 Every time my wife hosted a party, I was sent to my study to tidy up piles and clear surfaces so that guests could rest their glasses and handbags on side tables without the bother of my clutter. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, "This Is the Room Where Jon Meacham Makes History," 15 Oct. 2020 Tidying Up with Marie Kondo inspired viewers to get up off the couch and thoughtfully tidy their homes—including shirt drawers. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "How to Fold a Shirt, from the Pinch Method to the Chest Fold," 12 Oct. 2020 The Commission tried to tidy up this little contradiction with a footnote at the bottom of its opinion. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Alabama Dems asked to do same thing AG did. Ethics Commission said no.," 10 Oct. 2020 Most families returning to their hometowns — usually that of the husband or father, though the tradition is evolving — visit graveyards and tidy their ancestors’ tombs. Jun Michael Park, New York Times, "Covid-19 Upends South Korea’s Thanksgiving, and Its Rituals," 2 Oct. 2020 According to Kondo, this course was created in response to feedback from the KonMari community, which has revealed that people learn how to tidy in different ways. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Marie Kondo Makes Tidying Up In Quarantine Easier With Her New Online Course," 24 Sep. 2020 Whether in-person or virtually, this dynamic duo helps customers across the country tidy up their homes. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Home Edit Is Getting Its Own Netflix Show Produced by Reese Witherspoon and Molly Sims," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Countertop storage is another area where using vertical space can give you extra room; Driskill says to look for two-tier storage towers to double your countertop space and to keep small items contained and tidy-looking. Jolie Kerr, CNN Underscored, "Expert ideas to maximize space in a small bathroom," 16 Sep. 2020 Shareholders counting on their own tidy fortunes should know how Mr. Musk’s payday might dent their prospects. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Elon Musk’s Payday Could Cost Tesla Shareholders Dearly," 10 Sep. 2020 Not only that, once your pages are all filled up, the slim silhouette will make for a tidy yet never tumbling stack on your nearest bookcase or shelf. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 18 Aug. 2020 But the relationship between the sun and melanin can’t be wrapped up in one tidy box that fits all groups, and many dermatologists specializing in skin of color are encouraging a more nuanced relationship with sun protection. Jordan Blok, Popular Science, "A guide to sun protection for people with darker skin," 14 Aug. 2020 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

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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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Last Updated

25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidy. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce tidy (audio)

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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