- spruce; smart; fine.
Origin of spiffy
Examples from the Web for spiffy
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"Jones, show his lordship the stock-list," said Spiffy, with a swagger.
"Ask the syndicate," said Jones, looking at Spiffy in a significant way.
Spiffy got uncommonly pale, but recovered himself in a second.
Spiffy Goldtip sent mamma mine, but declines to come to the front about Amy.
Spiffy first suggested the plan to me, and we found it succeed admirably last year.
- US and Canadian slang smart; stylish
Word Origin and History for spiffy
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.