• WordNet 3.6
    • adj tidy 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"
    • adj tidy marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits "a tidy person","a tidy house","a tidy mind"
    • adj tidy (of hair) neat and tidy "a nicely kempt beard"
    • v tidy put (things or places) in order "Tidy up your room!"
    • n tidy receptacle that holds odds and ends (as sewing materials)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tidy A child's pinafore.
    • Tidy 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.
    • Tidy 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."
    • Tidy Being in proper time; timely; seasonable; favorable; as, tidy weather. "If weather be fair and tidy ."
    • n Tidy (Zoöl) The wren; -- called also tiddy.☞ This name is probably applied also to other small singing birds, as the goldcrest. "The tidy for her notes as delicate as they."
    • v. i Tidy To make things tidy. "I have tidied and tidied over and over again."
    • v. t Tidy To put in proper order; to make neat; as, to tidy a room; to tidy one's dress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tidy Seasonable; opportune; favorable; fit; suitable.
    • tidy Brave; smart; skilful; fine; good.
    • tidy 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.
    • tidy Of neat and orderly habits; disposed to be neat and orderly: as, a tidy person.
    • tidy Moderately or fairly large, great, or important; considerable; respectable; pretty: as, a tidy sum of money.
    • tidy Satisfactory; comfortable; fairly good or well: as, How are you to-day? Tidy.
    • n tidy 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 tidy A pinafore or apron.
    • tidy To make neat; put in good order: often followed by up: as, to tidy or to tidy up a room.
    • tidy To arrange, dispose, or put things, as dress, furniture, etc., in good or proper order: often with up.
    • n tidy A small singing bird, perhaps the wren.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tidy tī′di neat: in good order: fairly large:
    • n Tidy a cover for chairs, &c.: a child's pinafore
    • v.t Tidy to make neat: to put in good order:—pa.t. and pa.p. tī′died
    • adj Tidy tī′di (coll.) comfortable
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  • Mark Twain
    “Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.”


Tidy desk, tidy mind - A cluttered or disorganised environment will affect your clarity of thought. Organised surroundings and affairs will allow for clearer thought organisation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Tide time, season; cf. D. tijdig, timely, G. zeitig, Dan. & Sw. tidig,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. tidy, seasonable—tid, tide, time: Ger. zeitig.


In literature:

Ay, they were worth a tidy lump!
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Very pleased with her work, she locked the door and ran away to get tidied.
"Little Folks (December 1884)" by Various
Tims the untidy, as one in a dream, went on tidying the room she was accustomed to see so immaculate.
"The Invader" by Margaret L. Woods
Dame Fossie tidied up the place, and was much annoyed to find a dead leaf sticking to Granny Pyetangle's scanty grey hair.
"Soap-Bubble Stories" by Fanny Barry
His was a shabby tidiness that spoke of a Woman and little means.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
Next morning, as soon as the house was tidy, Mercy ran out to see the donkey.
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
The extreme tidiness of German rooms is a constant source of surprise.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
She went unhindered and unheeded into Ranny's room, tidying it and putting the little girl to bed.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
A dishevelled woman was tidying up.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Now a last look to see that the room is tidy, every chair in place and the shades even at the windows, and your room is ready for the day.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts

In poetry:

He wanders through deserted rooms
And tidies up for hours;
Till darkness falls he folds away
Her things into the drawers;
"Parting" by Boris Pasternak
And then their frocks were never torn,
Their tuckers always clean;
And their hair so very tidy–
Always quite fit to be seen.
"A Genteel Family" by Kate Greenaway
She brushed the yard, she brushed the step,
She made the leaves to spin,
Tidying up her husband's place
Outside as well as in.
"The Bachelor" by John Crowe Ransom
And while she made the beds, I found
Her tidy, and took out the hairs;
And then I got the water-can
And tipped it headlong down the stairs.
"The Naughty Day" by Fay Inchfawn
And if ever a house was tidy, and ever a kitchen clean,
Her house and kitchen was tidy as any I ever seen;
And I don't complain of Betsey, or any of her acts,
Exceptin' when we've quarreled, and told each other facts.
"Betsey And I Are Out" by William McKendree Carleton
"Poor Mick!" I sez. (Well, any'ow, I mean
Them words) "If you 'ad seen that girl, my dear,
You'd arst 'er up to stay." "Why," sez Doreen,
"She's comin' 'ere
On Choosday next." (I jist choke back a shout)
"That's why I got the spare room tidied out."
"The Also-Ran" by C J Dennis

In news:

Your opportunity to help tidy-up .
FALLBROOK – Organizers of Scarecrow Days, which will be featured the month of October in Fallbrook, are seeking volunteer helpers for Saturday morning, Sept 29 to help tidy up the downtown village area.
Well, you could help tidy up .
Cleaning up a local landmark dozens turn out to pull weeds, mow and tidy up Lemon Bay Cemetery.
Just-Mobile AluCube Mini can tidy up your desktop.
She would rise at 5 to do laundry before kissing her four children goodbye, leaving a tidy house in Queens to go to work as an accountant on the 95th floor of the World Trade Center.
Its tidy appearance resembles that of Wellspring 's 55 other housing units, the majority of which are incorporated in a community land trust to provide affordable homes for lower-income buyers.
In this December 1999 file photo, Jenn Rowe, a health and beauty aid manager, tidies up the Y2K headquarters at County Market in Manchester Crossroads.
Keeping your most-used appliance tidy and clean.
These are the people of the tidy desks and tidy homes.
The Dallas Fed has released the latest Beige Book, the report that boils down into tidy summaries just what the heck is happening across the district.
The Brand's UK Chief on Crazy Product Meetings, Tidy Stores and Why Apple Is Its Main Competition.
The backyards of its tidy houses nurture the grapes that have made Burgundy famous the world over.
5 Tools for a Tidy Car.

In science:

Therefore, TIdY Aut Y is isomorphic to a vector subspace of XPro jY .
A Frame Bundle Generalization of Multisymplectic Momentum Mappings
In the case that Y is compact we shall show that TIdY Aut Y is all of the space XPro jY .
A Frame Bundle Generalization of Multisymplectic Momentum Mappings
Given that this paper is already rather heavy on notation, we shall continue to work with uniform integrability, which helps keep things comparatively tidy.
High level excursion set geometry for non-Gaussian infinitely divisible random fields
It seems plausible that some synthesis of the two approaches could allow us to extend these latter results to general graphs and hypergraphs in a tidy fashion.
Combinatorial theorems in sparse random sets
The other diagrams show less tidy patterns and no apparent preference for the north or for the south, but clustering of the body angles still remains apparent.
No alignment of cattle along geomagnetic field lines found