goodly vs tidy what difference

what is difference between goodly and tidy



  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʊdli/
  • Hyphenation: good‧ly

Etymology 1

From Middle English goodly, goodlich, gōdlich, from Old English gōdlīċ (good, goodly), from Proto-Germanic *gōdalīkaz (good, goodly); equivalent to good +‎ -ly. Cognate with German gütlich (friendly), Icelandic góðlegur (benign).


goodly (comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (dated) Good; pleasing in appearance; attractive; comely; graceful; pleasant; desirable.
    • 1866, Algernon Charles Swinburne, A Ballad of Death, in Poems and Ballads, lines 26–27:
      O Sin, thou knowest that all thy shame in her
      Was made a goodly thing.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      Then the prince left her and betook himself to the palace of the King his father, who rejoiced in his return and met him and welcomed him; and the Prince said to him, “Know that I have left her without the city in such a garden and come to tell thee, that thou mayst make ready the procession of estate and go forth to meet her and show her the royal dignity and troops and guards.” Answered the King, “With joy and gladness”; and straightway bade decorate the town with the goodliest adornment.
  2. Quite large; considerable; sufficient; adequate; more than enough.
    a goodly sum of money
    walking at a goodly pace

Derived terms

  • goodliness

Etymology 2

From Middle English goodly, goodliche, gōdliche, from Old English gōdlīċe (goodly), from the adjective; equivalent to good +‎ -ly. Cognate with Middle High German guotlīche, güetlīche.


goodly (comparative goodlier, superlative goodliest)

  1. (obsolete) In a goodly way; courteously, graciously.
  2. (dialectal or obsolete) Well; excellently.
    • a. 1599, Edmund Spenser, To the Earle of Cumberland
      For love of vertue and of martial praise;
      To which though nobly ye inclined are,
      (As goodlie well ye shew’d in late assaies)



From Middle English tidy, tydy, tidi (timely, seasonal, opportune), from 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/
  • Rhymes: -aɪdi


tidy (comparative tidier, superlative tidiest)

  1. Arranged neatly and in order.
  2. Not messy; neat and controlled.
  3. (colloquial) Satisfactory; comfortable.
  4. (colloquial) Generous, considerable.
  5. (obsolete) In good time; at the right time; timely; seasonable; opportune; favourable; fit; suitable.
    • 1573, Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry
      if weather be fair and tidy
  6. (obsolete) Brave; smart; skillful; fine; good.
  7. Appropriate or suitable as regards occasion, circumstances, arrangement, or order.


  • (arranged neatly): neat, orderly, presentable, spick and span; see also Thesaurus:orderly or Thesaurus:clean
  • (at the right time): opportune, seasonable; see also Thesaurus:timely
  • (appropriate or suitable): apt, fit; see also Thesaurus:suitable


  • (not messy): messy, untidy

Derived terms

  • hair-tidy

Related terms

  • tidily
  • tidiness



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.
  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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)
  4. The wren.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Drayton to this entry?)




  1. (Wales) Expression of agreement or positive acknowledgement, usually in reply to a question; great, fine.

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