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 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

As a guest, be respectful while in your host’s home: Keep things tidy and noise down, and try to follow your host’s sleeping schedule, if possible. Christen A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Think again about keeping your bed to yourself when overnight guests stay — especially if they’re older," 7 Sep. 2019 Not all clean and tidy and touristy, but charming and scenic nonetheless. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Don’t overlook New London," 27 Aug. 2019 Material comforts are comforting: cooking a nice and interesting meal; living in a tidy and beautiful space; soothing tired eyes with a cool mask. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The New Spiritual Consumerism," 19 Aug. 2019 The apartment, which is shared among four 20- and 30-somethings, is spacious, tidy and only minutes from a park. The Economist, "Would you live with a Trump supporter?," 19 July 2019 In the New York metropolitan area, Apple Bank for Savings is paying a tidy 1.6% on accounts holding $2,500 or more. Eric Uhlfelder, WSJ, "How to Find Decent Yields on Savings," 7 Oct. 2018 Set to become a four-year starter, Neal does everything right at center back to keep things tidy at the defensive end for the defending 4A champions. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "2019 Baltimore-area girls soccer players to watch," 2 Sep. 2019 Lush greens and tidy rows fill what once was an empty lot in Mountain View this summer. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Urban farm gives way to skills-building — and income — in Mountain View," 10 Aug. 2019 Then, last week, a team of yellow-vested workers appeared and dug up the pipes that had been funneling poison into Benton’s tidy gray clapboard home. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "In Flint, suspicions of the water — and of Democratic candidates — run deep," 29 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And through the cleaning guru Marie Kondo, who also became a Netflix personality this year, even tidying objects can be considered a spiritual calling. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The New Spiritual Consumerism," 19 Aug. 2019 If all else fails, binge more episodes of her show—or perhaps even get to tidying up on your own? Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "You Can Win a Free Home Consult With Marie Kondo via Netflix," 30 Jan. 2019 Even President Obama stepped forward to tidy up the scene by claiming that the inconvenient Trump boom is really the Obama boom. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Interpreting the Trump Meteor," 18 Dec. 2018 Getty Images Remember those halcyon days when Kim Kardashian was Paris Hilton's best friend who also sometimes tidied up her closet? Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian on Her Former Bestie Paris Hilton: "She Literally Gave Me a Career"," 19 Aug. 2019 Rent at the deluxe Argyle House completed in Hollywood last year includes package shipping service and weekly hotel-style tidying up by a housekeeper. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles apartment owners race to add luxury amenities," 11 Aug. 2019 Weekends are for sleeping in, tidying up your home, and enjoying a delicious brunch. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "This Florida Restaurant Wants You to Bring Your Dog to Brunch for a Mimosa," 26 July 2019 There is not much to identify this as the East Cut, except a sign here and there and East Cut Ambassadors, who wear spiffy vests and tidy the street. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Hey old San Francisco, meet new San Francisco: the East Cut and Thrive City," 13 July 2019 Aides ordered to vacuum and tidy up their bosses’ apartments for private parties. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "U.K. Parliament Workers Face ‘Unacceptable’ Abuse, Report Says," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Buy Photo Erica Tunnell’s tidy row home in the Overbrook section of the city was swarmed Saturday by environmental activists, students and public health experts. Chris Mondics, Philly.com, "Activists, community groups test for lead," 24 June 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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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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