from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Orderly and neat in appearance or procedure. See Synonyms at neat1.
- adj. Informal Adequate; satisfactory: a tidy arrangement.
- adj. Informal Substantial; considerable: a tidy sum.
- transitive v. To put in order: tidied up the house.
- intransitive v. To make things tidy: tidied up after dinner.
- n. A decorative protective covering for the arms or headrest of a chair.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Arranged neatly and in order.
- adj. Not messy; neat and controlled.
- adj. Generous, considerable.
- v. To make tidy; to neaten.
- interj. Expression of positive agreement, usually in reply to a question.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The wren; -- called also tiddy.
- adj. Being in proper time; timely; seasonable; favorable.
- adj. Arranged in good order; orderly; appropriate; neat; kept in proper and becoming neatness, or habitually keeping things so.
- n. 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.
- n. A child's pinafore.
- transitive v. To put in proper order; to make neat.
- intransitive v. To make things tidy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Seasonable; opportune; favorable; fit; suitable.
- Brave; smart; skilful; fine; good.
- Appropriate or suitable as regards order, arrangement, occasion, circumstances, or the like; becomingly or neatly arrayed or arranged; kept in good order; neat; trim: as, a tidy dress; a tidy and well-furnished apartment.
- Of neat and orderly habits; disposed to be neat and orderly: as, a tidy person.
- Moderately or fairly large, great, or important; considerable; respectable; pretty: as, a tidy sum of money.
- Satisfactory; comfortable; fairly good or well: as, How are you to-day? Tidy.
- n. A more or less ornamental covering for the back of a chair, the arms of a sofa, or the like, to keep them from becoming soiled.
- n. A pinafore or apron.
- To make neat; put in good order: often followed by up: as, to tidy or to tidy up a room.
- To arrange, dispose, or put things, as dress, furniture, etc., in good or proper order: often with up.
- n. A small singing bird, perhaps the wren.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. large in amount or extent or degree
- adj. marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits
- n. receptacle that holds odds and ends (as sewing materials)
- adj. (of hair) neat and tidy
- v. put (things or places) in order
Middle English tidi, in season, healthy, from tide, time; see tide1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From tide (“time”) + -y, originally meaning “timely, seasonable, opportune”. (Wiktionary)