From Middle English tidy, tydy, tidi (“timely, seasonal, opportune”), equivalent to tide (“time”) + -y. Cognate with Dutch tijdig (“timely”), Middle Low German tīdich (“timely”), German zeitig (“seasonal, timely”), Danish tidig (“timely”), Swedish tidig (“timely”).
- (obsolete) In good time; at the right time; timely; seasonable; opportune; favourable; fit; suitable.
- if weather be fair and tidy
- (obsolete) Brave; smart; skillful; fine; good.
- Appropriate or suitable as regards occasion, circumstances, arrangement, or order.
- Arranged neatly and in order.
- Keep Britain tidy.
- Not messy; neat and controlled.
- Satisfactory; comfortable.
- (informal) Generous, considerable.
- The scheme made a tidy profit.
- To make tidy; to neaten.
tidy (plural tidies)
- A tabletop container for pens and stationery.
- a desk tidy
- A cover, often of tatting, drawn work, or other ornamental work, for the back of a chair, the arms of a sofa, etc.
- (dated) A child's pinafore.
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- The wren.
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- (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."