- to make spiffy (usually followed by up): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.
Origin of spiff1
1875–80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy
- a bonus or other form of remuneration given to retail salespeople for promoting the products of a particular manufacturer.
- to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.
Origin of spiff2
First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for spiff
"make neat or spruce," 1877 (with up or out), probably from spiffy (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper