tidy

ti|dy1 [ˈtaıdi] adj comparative tidier superlative tidiest
especially BrE
[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: tidy 'at an appropriate time' (13-18 centuries), from tide]
1.) a room, house, desk etc that is tidy is neatly arranged with everything in the right place
= ↑neat
≠ ↑untidy, messy ↑messy
a tidy desk
I try to keep the garden tidy .
Ellen's room is always neat and tidy .
2.) someone who is tidy keeps their house, clothes etc neat and clean
Chris is a naturally tidy person.
3.) a tidy sum/profit informal
a large amount of money
We sold the house for a tidy sum and moved south.
4.) a tidy mind
BrE if someone has a tidy mind, the way they think is very organized and clear
>tidily adv
>tidiness n [U]
tidy 2
tidy2 also tidy up past tense and past participle tidied present participle tidying third person singular tidies
v [I and T]
to make a place look tidy
Tidy your room!
It's time we tidied up the office.
tidy up after sb
I'm tired of tidying up after you boys (=tidying somewhere that someone else has made untidy) .
tidy away [tidy sth<=>away] phr v
BrE to put something back in the place where it should be, especially in a cupboard, drawer etc
Let's tidy these toys away.
tidy 3
tidy3 plural tidies
n BrE
desk/car/sink tidy
a container for putting small objects in, used to keep your desk, car etc tidy

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Tidy — Ti dy, a. [Compar. {Tidier}; superl. {Tidiest}.] [From {Tide} time, season; cf. D. tijdig timely, G. zeitig, Dan. & Sw. tidig.] 1. Being in proper time; timely; seasonable; favorable; as, tidy weather. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If weather be fair and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tidy — may refer to: Neatness and tidiness HTML Tidy, a computer program for fixing HTML errors. Perl Tidy, a computer program for nicely reformatting Perl source code. Tidy (surname) Tidy, a text editor especially aimed at editing web content. Tidy… …   Wikipedia

  • Tidy-H — de son vrai nom Teddy Husher, est un rappeur et acteur né le 28 juin 1973 à Compton. Il est marié, a 6 enfants dont un de sa premiere femme Karen, c est un rappeur, acteur et producteur. Il a grandi sans avoir connu son père, et sans sa mère… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tidy — ► ADJECTIVE (tidier, tidiest) 1) arranged neatly and in order. 2) inclined to keep oneself and one s possessions neat and in order. 3) informal (of an amount) considerable. ► NOUN (pl. tidies) 1) (also …   English terms dictionary

  • Tidy — Ti dy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tidied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tidying}.] To put in proper order; to make neat; as, to tidy a room; to tidy one s dress. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tidy — [adj1] clean, neat apple pie order*, businesslike, chipper*, cleanly, in good shape, methodical, neat as a pin*, ordered, orderly, shipshape*, sleek, snug, spick and span*, spruce, systematic, to rights*, trim, uncluttered, well groomed, well… …   New thesaurus

  • tidy — [tī′dē] adj. tidier, tidiest [ME tidi, seasonable, honest, hence in good condition < tide: see TIDE1] 1. neat in personal appearance, ways, etc.; orderly 2. neat in arrangement; in order; trim 3. Informal a) fairly good; satisfactory …   English World dictionary

  • Tidy — Ti dy, n. (Zo[ o]l.) The wren; called also {tiddy}. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] The tidy for her notes as delicate as they. Drayton. [1913 Webster] Note: This name is probably applied also to other small singing birds, as the goldcrest. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tidy — Ti dy, v. i. To make things tidy. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] I have tidied and tidied over and over again. Dickens. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tidy — Ti dy, n.; pl. {Tidies}. 1. A cover, often of tatting, drawn work, or other ornamental work, for the back of a chair, the arms of a sofa, or the like. [1913 Webster] 2. A child s pinafore. [Prov. Eng.] Wright. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tidy — index compact (pithy), meticulous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.