Student or Learner
A man came to a teacher's house. He wanted to talk to her about a problem he had. The problem was related to his wife. He told her:
Iíll just tell you what I know and then maybe you can
sort it out.Now, f írinstance . . .Up to the time Sydney was
took ill, she seemed to think very highly of you. Youíll
hev noticed;maybe, that Em ainít as ignorant as most, and
she used to grumble good-tidily about Mrs Westleton Ėshe was here afore you.
What does "good-tidily" mean here? Is sounds like it has a positive connotation whereas "grumble" has a negative connotation.
This suggests that it's a dialect term but mean tidily:
We can use tidy to mean a fair amount - a tidy sum of money - so I would assume that it meant she grumbled quite a lot, though the expression is new to me.3. Publications by English Dialect Society (1879)
"tidily, adv. with the prefix good: " good-tidily. ... See tidily.