See also: Tidy

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From Middle English tidy, tydy, tidi (timely, seasonal, opportune), from tide (time) +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch tijdig (timely), Middle Low German tīdich (timely), German zeitig (seasonal, timely), Danish tidig (timely), Swedish tidig (timely).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtaɪdi/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪdi

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tidy (comparative tidier, superlative tidiest)

  1. Arranged neatly and in order.
    Keep Britain tidy by picking up litter.
  2. Not messy; neat and controlled.
  3. (colloquial) Satisfactory; comfortable.
  4. (colloquial) Generous, considerable.
    The scheme made a tidy profit.
  5. (obsolete) In good time; at the right time; timely; seasonable; opportune; favourable; fit; suitable.
    • 1573, Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry:
      if weather be fair and tidy
  6. (obsolete) Brave; smart; skillful; fine; good.
  7. Appropriate or suitable as regards occasion, circumstances, arrangement, or order.

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tidy (third-person singular simple present tidies, present participle tidying, simple past and past participle tidied)

  1. To make tidy; to neaten.
    • (Can we date this quote by Kobold Adventure and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      There's a work room, with an orange-scaled kobold tidying up a series of massaging tables

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tidy (plural tidies)

  1. A tabletop container for pens and stationery.
    a desk tidy
  2. A cover, often of tatting, drawn work, or other ornamental work, for the back of a chair, the arms of a sofa, etc.
  3. (dated) A child's pinafore.
    • 1846, Miss Lambert, The Handbook of Needlework:
      A much coarser cotton , according to the fancy of the worker , may be used for the trimmings of night dresses , petticoats , D'Oyleys , tidies, etc.
  4. The wren.

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  1. (Wales) Expression of agreement or positive acknowledgement, usually in reply to a question; great, fine.