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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.]

    If weather be fair and tidy.

  2. Arranged in good order; orderly; appropriate; neat; kept in proper and becoming neatness, or habitually keeping things so; as, a tidy lass; their dress is tidy; the apartments are well furnished and tidy.

    A tidy man, that tened [injured] me never.
    --Piers Plowman.


Etymology 1 n. One who tidy. Etymology 2

a. (en-comparativetidy)

  1. adj. marked by good order and cleanliness in appearance or habits; "a tidy person"; "a tidy house"; "a tidy mind" [ant: untidy]

  2. (used of hair) neat and tidy; "a nicely kempt beard" [syn: kempt, trim]

  3. large in amount or extent or degree; "it cost a considerable amount"; "a goodly amount"; "received a hefty bonus"; "a respectable sum"; "a tidy sum of money"; "a sizable fortune" [syn: goodly, goodish, hefty, respectable, sizable, sizeable]

  4. n. receptacle that holds odds and ends (as sewing materials)

  5. [also: tidied, tidiest, tidier]

  1. v. put (things or places) in order; "Tidy up your room!" [syn: tidy up, clean up, neaten, straighten, straighten out, square away]

  2. [also: tidied, tidiest, tidier]


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