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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a healthy/handsome/tidy profit (=big)
▪ By the second year, the restaurant began to make a healthy profit.
a tidy suminformal (= a large amount of money)
▪ I had managed to save a tidy sum.
clean and tidyespecially BrE:
▪ I insist my children keep their rooms clean and tidy.
desk tidy
keep sth clean/tidy
▪ Keep your room tidy.
neat and tidy
▪ Everything in the house was neat and tidy.
tidy your desk
▪ I need to tidy my desk.
▪ How come your desk is always so tidy?
well-kept/tidyBritish English (also neat American English)
▪ The hotel is set in a well-kept garden.
▪ The waves have no purposes and no intentions, no tidy mind, no mind at all.
▪ So tidy minds in the West have been thinking of ways to keep the process under control.
▪ Henry had a tidy mind, and he was practical.
▪ Nevertheless that blip was long enough for some one to make a tidy profit.
▪ He has sold no less than five cars, each one at a tidy profit.
▪ Until now they have made a tidy profit from selling re-issued pop hits from the fifties, sixties and seventies.
▪ Even allowing for what they would have lost on laundering the proceeds, there should have been a tidy sum.
▪ Chief Auctioneer, Michael Welch, suggests that silver, brass or other trinkets could well fetch a tidy sum.
▪ Would we be right in thinking, a tidy sum?
▪ And, if my memory serves me right, you stand to rake in a tidy sum on that.
▪ These represented a tidy sum, not a great fortune but enough for her to be comfortably off.
▪ Still, I should be coming in for a tidy sum of compensation.
Mrs Tidy/Mrs Efficient/Mrs Nosy etc
▪ Andrew's apartment is always so tidy.
▪ I think the least you could do is keep your own bedroom tidy.
▪ I want to leave the place nice and tidy before we go.
▪ My job was to mow the grass and keep the garden looking generally tidy.
▪ We spent the morning getting the whole house clean and tidy.
▪ Everything tidy and shipshape and orderly.
▪ Everything was tidy, clean and obviously proudly cared for.
▪ He bumbled around for a bit, trying to coil up the string and push the wood into tidy heaps.
▪ She was a jewel, tidy, competent, and thoughtful, but she should not be spoiled with familiarity.
▪ She was neat and tidy and always helpful.
▪ The large mahogany writing desk was immaculately tidy.
▪ Verisign has already built a tidy business selling two types of digital signatures: personal and site certificates.
▪ With Janzen shooting a 70, that means Costner and his 16 handicap helped the team a tidy five shots.
▪ The woman was at a table at the other end of the vehicle tidying away the orange peel.
▪ Many of the matching, sorting and ordering activities can arise incidentally within the periods of tidying away and clearing up.
▪ When not in use they my be tidied away forward and secured to the shroud anchorages.
▪ Tragedy gets tidied away - mortal injuries subside.
▪ Springall had been murdered and his murderer had committed suicide so everything was neat and tidied away.
▪ I can't imagine Ross tidying away signs of murder.
▪ Day 15 Tidy up boats, cafe breakfast, bus to airport.
▪ Alice had forgotten she had meant to tidy up, said she would, tomorrow.
▪ They usually like to tidy up their own mess.
▪ The real value, however, is in a general tidying up of the interface to ensure portability.
▪ The car went racing on while the friends tried to tidy up the mess.
▪ So come on, Boothferry Council and Hargreaves, by all means tidy up the village, but don't exterminate it.
▪ Automatically she stooped to retrieve the spilled things, to tidy up.
▪ By the time Cornelius had reached the door, the youth employment officer was already tidying his desk.
▪ Then he tidies his desk, puts his papers in order, and locks up the office.
▪ Stretching, she eased her back and began to tidy the desk.
▪ People were tidying their desks, for the weekend.
▪ Having tidied her desk, she looked round the small room before snapping off the light.
▪ Fenella, tidying her hair for supper, thought she had never felt quite so alone in her life.
▪ Wash the face and hands, tidy the hair, close the eyes.
▪ She paused briefly to tidy her hair and smooth the creases from her skirt, then led the way into the house.
▪ He washed his face and hands, then scrubbed his nails and tidied his hair in the mirror.
▪ She hurriedly tidied her hair, pulling it back until it hurt and securing the tight knot with pins.
▪ She sighed as she tidied her hair, which hung to her shoulder-blades, curling tightly.
▪ They put the parcels on the table and tidied the room while Frankie and I sat on the sofa and watched.
▪ The house seemed deserted, except for the two maids who were tidying up the living room in silence as we passed.
▪ The ceiling could be lifted off, so that Glumdalclitch could change my sheets and tidy my room.
▪ She began to tidy the room.
▪ We tidied up our rooms and cleaned the kitchens, dragging out the mundane tasks so that we could stay in the warm.
▪ I help him tidy his room.
▪ I was tidying up my desk when the phone rang.
▪ He washed up and tidied up, and put the baize cover back on the table.
▪ I completed tidying the loft, sneezing a few times as the golden space filled with motes of shining dust.
▪ She self-consciously fiddled with her hair, tidied up her clothes.
▪ They chatted to her over tea and biscuits, tidied her house and did the odd spot of shopping.
▪ Thou shalt tidy up thine own mess, wherever it comes from.
▪ Two afternoons later, just as she was tidying up, Jonas came into the study.
▪ William looked around at the stacks of cartons and bundles and felt that he had been wasting his time tidying the stock.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tidy \Ti"dy\, n. (Zo["o]l.) The wren; -- called also tiddy. [Prov. Eng.]

The tidy for her notes as delicate as they.

Note: This name is probably applied also to other small singing birds, as the goldcrest.


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.


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.

  2. A child's pinafore. [Prov. Eng.]


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.


Tidy \Ti"dy\, v. i. To make things tidy. [Colloq.]

I have tidied and tidied over and over again.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to make neat, set in order," 1821, from tidy (adj.). Related: Tidied; tidying.


mid-13c., "in good condition, healthy," probably originally "in season, timely, opportune, excellent" (though this sense is not attested until mid-14c.), from tide (n.) in the sense of "season, time" + -y (2). Of persons, "of neat and orderly habits," from 1706. Similar formation in Old High German zitig, German zeitig, Dutch tijdig, Danish tidig "timely," Old English tidlic "temporal," also "timely, seasonable."

  1. 1 (context obsolete English) In good time; at the right time; timely; seasonable; opportune; favourable; fit; suitable. 2 (lb en obsolete) brave; smart; skillful; fine; good. 3 appropriate or suitable as regards occasion, circumstances, arrangement, or order. 4 Arranged neatly and in order. 5 Not messy; neat and controlled. 6 satisfactory; comfortable. 7 (context informal English) Generous, considerable. interj. (context Wales English) Expression of positive agreement, usually in reply to a question. n. 1 A tabletop container for pens and stationery. 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 (context dated English) A child's pinafore. 4 The wren. v

  2. To make tidy; to neaten.

  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]


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 (album)

Tidy is an album by Kinnie Starr, released in 1996 on Violet Inch Records.

Tidy (surname)

Tidy as a surname derives from the Middle English word tidef, which designated a type of small bird.

People with the name include:

  • Bill Tidy M.B.E. (1933), English cartoonist

Usage examples of "tidy".

In mid-April 1970, Paul told the Evening Standard: The album was finished a year ago, but a few months ago American record producer Phil Spector was called in by John Lennon to tidy up some of the tracks.

When the fyrd deposed him, his successor might decide to tidy up any atheling problems left around.

Raelene, how he had spotted her on the island, picked her up, their argument about whether he had stolen the raft, how she had tidied things up, adjusted his bobber -- He snapped back to the moment, spotting a familiar snag.

Shadows filled the distant corners, obscured the ceiling, and cloaked the tidy carrels and the latched cabinets set against the walls.

As they approached the narrow end of the lake, the dark woods of Doire Coill turned westward and gave way to large squares of farmed and grazed land, defined with tidy stone fences.

The girls led them up four steep, very long flights of creaking wooden stairs and guided them through a doorway into their own wonderful and resplendent tenement apartment, which burgeoned miraculously with an infinite and proliferating flow of supple young naked girls and contained the evil and debauched ugly old man who irritated Nately constantly with his caustic laughter and the clucking, proper old woman in the ash-gray woolen sweater who disapproved of everything immoral that occurred there and tried her best to tidy up.

Leather-bound books in tidy rows lined two of the walls, with windows, doors, portraits and fireplace leaving small surrounds of pale green emulsion on the others.

I know is she lives at the Hidy Tidy Trailer Park, in a rental, with twelve or fourteen of her closest friends and relations.

Loretta had told me that Esperanza lived at the Hidy Tidy Trailer Park.

Loretta, Emma, and I fired up the Hummer and headed for the Hidy Tidy.

I agreed, and on his way back to work, he dropped Esperanza off at the Hidy Tidy.

She followed the stalwart little woman upstairs once more and into a bedroom, as dusty as the first one had been but considerably tidier, only on a small table drawn up under a window there was a hotchpotch of papers, closely written notes, and open books.

Near that was a table saw, a radial-arm saw, and a jointer beside a tidy workbench.

How do we know that Sheila Hanratty actually went anywhere after her kerfuffle with Tidy Howard?

The day was sunny and warm, ideal for a tidy lapidation, and our mounts sneezed softly at the smell of the blood being rinsed off the road.