Meaning of “tidy” in the English Dictionary

"tidy" in British English

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uk /ˈtaɪ.di/ us /ˈtaɪ.di/ mainly UK

tidy adjective (ORDERED)

A2 having everything ordered and arranged in the right place, or liking to keep things like this:

The house was clean and tidy.
My flatmate isn't very tidy.
neat and tidy
a tidy solution

More examples

  • Keeping a garden tidy is a full-time job.
  • She likes everything neat and tidy.
  • If he wants to carry on living here, he's going to have to change his ways and learn to be a bit more tidy.
  • I like to keep my desk tidy.
  • You could use clips to keep your hair more tidy.
adverb uk /ˈtaɪ.dəl.i/ us /ˈtaɪ.dəl.i/

Put your clothes away tidily.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtaɪ.di.nəs/ us /ˈtaɪ.di.nəs/


uk /ˈtaɪ.di/ us /ˈtaɪ.di/

tidyverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈtaɪ.di/ us /ˈtaɪ.di/

A2 to make a place or a collection of things tidy:

Tidy (up) these papers before you leave, please.
I'm tired of asking you to tidy your room (up).
Have you tidied up yet, kids?

More examples

  • The children have to learn to tidy up after themselves .
  • I asked her to tidy the kitchen but of course she conveniently forgot .
  • I want no ifs and buts - just get on and tidy your room now.
  • "I'll tidy the kitchen if you clean the car." "OK, it's a bargain."
  • I'll tidy my things away tonight - and that's a promise!
noun [ S ] uk /ˌtaɪ.diˈʌp/ us /ˌtaɪ.diˈʌp/

Let's have/do a quick tidy-up before Mum gets home.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “tidy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tidy" in American English

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us /ˈtɑɪ·di/

tidy adjective (NEAT)

(of appearance or behavior) neat:

a tidy house

tidy adjective (LARGE)

(of amounts of money) large:

He made a tidy sum/profit.

(Definition of “tidy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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