tidy

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Etymology[edit]

From tide (time) +‎ -y, originally meaning “timely, seasonable, opportune”.

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Adjective[edit]

tidy (comparative tidier, superlative tidiest)

  1. Arranged neatly and in order.
    Keep Britain tidy.
  2. Not messy; neat and controlled.
  3. (informal) Generous, considerable.
    The scheme made a tidy profit.
  4. (obsolete) In good time; timely; seasonable; favourable.
    • Tusser
      if weather be fair and tidy

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. To make tidy; to neaten.

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Noun[edit]

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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)
  4. The wren.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Drayton to this entry?)

Interjection[edit]

tidy

  1. (Wales) Expression of positive agreement, usually in reply to a question.

Usage notes[edit]

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."