- to make spiffy (usually followed by up): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.
Origin of spiff1
- 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
- spruce; smart; fine.
Origin of spiffy
Examples from the Web for spiffing
I've got a pair of spiffing caps for you; do for church if you like.His Majesty Baby and Some Common People
"Spiffing," agreed Iva, who was also inspecting the new acquisitions.A Fortunate Term</p>
It was impossible for any one to deny that such a thing would be spiffing in the very highest possible degree.Priscilla's Spies
George A. Birmingham
- British slang, old-fashioned excellent; splendid
- US and Canadian slang smart; stylish
Word Origin and History for spiffing
1853, of uncertain origin, probably related to spiff "well-dressed man." Spiffing "excellent" was very popular in 1870s slang. Uncertain relationship to spiff (n.) "percentage allowed by drapers to their young men when they effect sale of old fashioned or undesirable stock" (1859), or to spiflicate "confound, overcome completely," a cant word from 1749 preserved in American English slang spiflicated "drunk," first recorded 1906 in O.Henry.
"make neat or spruce," 1877 (with up or out), probably from spiffy (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing.