- a slight or petty quarrel.
- a slight fit of annoyance, bad mood, or the like.
- to have a petty quarrel.
- to be in a tiff.
Origin of tiff
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Examples from the Web for tiff
In honor of his latest film, ‘The Green Inferno,’ which made its premiere at TIFF, the director reveals his favorite movie kills.Eli Roth, Director of ‘The Green Inferno,’ On His Favorite Bloody Movie Kills
September 14, 2013
On battling with Lionsgate at TIFF '13 for Can a Song Save Your Life?Harvey Weinstein Discusses His Career Highs and Lows with Tina Brown at TIFF
September 11, 2013
He sits down with Marlow Stern at TIFF to discuss the gender-bending role, his own struggle with drugs, and ‘My So-Called Life.’Jared Leto on His Brilliant Performance as a Transsexual in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
September 10, 2013
She spoke with Marlow Stern at TIFF about the role, and politics.Susan Sarandon On ‘The Last of Robin Hood,’ NYC Mayor's Race, Being Hacked, More
September 8, 2013
He sat down with The Daily Beast at TIFF to discuss his myriad projects.Tom Hiddleston On His Rocker-Vampire in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ ‘Thor 2,’ and ‘Avengers 2’
September 7, 2013
"Him would like to walk, him's legs is so 'tiff," said Baby.The Adventures of Herr Baby
Your aunt and I had a tiff the last time we met, and that was some months ago.Lord Kilgobbin
Then a tiff ensues, but it is mostly made up of menacing screeches.Birds of the Indian Hills
We had a tiff, and he went off to Monte, all on his little lone.In Brief Authority
You remind me more and more every day, Tiff, of that dear delightful old Baden-Baden.Chanticleer
- a petty quarrel
- a fit of ill humour
- (intr) to have or be in a tiff
- archaic a small draught of alcoholic drink; dram
Word Origin and History for tiff
1727, "outburst of temper," later "small quarrel" (1754), of uncertain origin; OED suggests imitative, "from the sound of a slight puff of air or gas."