- The definition of tidy is someone or something that is neat and well put together.
An example of someone who would be described as tidy is a clean and well-dressed person.
- neat in personal appearance, ways, etc.; orderly
- neat in arrangement; in order; trim
- fairly good; satisfactory
- rather large; considerable: a tidy sum of money
Origin of tidyMiddle English tidi, seasonable, honest, hence in good condition ; from tide: see tide
- a small container for odds and ends
- a. Orderly and clean in appearance: keeps the apartment tidy.b. Given to keeping things clean and in order: a tidy housekeeper.
- Informal Adequate; satisfactory: a tidy arrangement.
- Informal Substantial; considerable: a tidy sum.
verbti·died, ti·dy·ing, ti·dies
Origin of tidyMiddle English tidi, in season, healthy, from tide, time; see tide1.
(comparative tidier, superlative tidiest)
- Arranged neatly and in order.
- Keep Britain tidy.
- Not messy; neat and controlled.
- (informal) Generous, considerable.
- The scheme made a tidy profit.
(third-person singular simple present tidies, present participle tidying, simple past and past participle tidied)
- To make tidy; to neaten.
- (Wales) Expression of positive agreement, usually in reply to a question.
Often used by people from South Wales to end a sentence or as a reply to a question meaning "Great" or "Fine", for example "I'm going to the shops for ten fags" may get the reply "Tidy."