adjective, tidier, tidiest.
neat, orderly, or trim, as in appearance or dress: a tidy room; a tidy person.
clearly organized and systematic: a tidy mind; a tidy way of working.
tolerably good; acceptable: They worked out a tidy arrangement agreeable to all.
fairly large; considerable: a tidy sum.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), tidied, tidying.
to make tidy or neat (often followed by up ).
noun, plural tidies.
any of various articles for keeping things tidy, as a box having small drawers and compartments.
an antimacassar.

1200–50; Middle English tidi, tidy seasonable, hence good; cognate with Dutch tijdig. See tide1, -y1

tidily, adverb
tidiness, noun

1. messy, sloppy.
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tidy (ˈtaɪdɪ)
adj , -dier, -diest
1.  characterized by or indicating neatness and order
2.  informal considerable: a tidy sum of money
vb (when intr, usually foll by up) , -dier, -diest, -dies, -dying, -died
3.  to put (things) in order; neaten
n , -dier, -diest, -dies, -dying, -died, -dies
4.  a.  a small container in which odds and ends are kept
 b.  sink tidy a container with holes in the bottom, kept in the sink to retain rubbish that might clog the plug hole
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an ornamental protective covering for the back or arms of a chair
[C13 (in the sense: timely, seasonable, excellent): from tide1 + -y1; related to Dutch tijdig timely]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., probably originally "in season, timely, opportune, excellent," from tide in the sense of "season, time" (see tide). Cf. O.H.G. zitig, Ger. zeitig, Du. tijdig, Dan. tidig "timely." Meaning "neat and in order" first recorded 1706. The verb in this sense is from 1821.
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Example sentences
It was a tidy plan for an orderly war, everything in its place.
If the bathroom is clean and tidy, it's worth a tip.
Laundry will wash and deliver linens and keep the linen room clean and tidy.
The mayor of the tidy nearby town brought out souvenir bottles of schnapps.
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