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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).


  • IPA(key): /ˈtaɪdi/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪdi


tidy (comparative tidier, superlative tidiest)

  1. Arranged neatly and in order.
    Keep Britain tidy.
  2. Not messy; neat and controlled.
  3. (colloquial) Satisfactory; comfortable.
  4. (colloquial) Generous, considerable.
    The scheme made a tidy profit.
  5. (obsolete) In good time; at the right time; timely; seasonable; opportune; favourable; fit; suitable.
    • Tusser
      if weather be fair and tidy
  6. (obsolete) Brave; smart; skillful; fine; good.
  7. Appropriate or suitable as regards occasion, circumstances, arrangement, or order.


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

  1. To make tidy; to neaten.



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.
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  4. The wren.
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  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."