Definition of tidy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtaɪdi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪdi//
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(pl. tidies) (British English) (especially in compounds) a container for putting small objects in, in order to keep a place tidy a desk tidy Word OriginMiddle English: from the noun tide + -y. The original meaning was ‘timely, opportune’; it later had various senses expressing approval, usually of a person, including ‘attractive’, ‘healthy’, and ‘skilful’; the sense ‘orderly, neat’ dates from the early 18th cent.