- 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
First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain
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1. spat, scrap, misunderstanding, difference.
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Examples from the Web for tiffed
We tiffed a little going to church, and fairly quarrelled before the bells had done ringing.The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886
Ministry of Education
They had tiffed occasionally, and broken off the friendship, and once I believe returned letters.
- a petty quarrel
- a fit of ill humour
- (intr) to have or be in a tiff
C18: of unknown origin
- archaic a small draught of alcoholic drink; dram
C18: see tiffin
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Word Origin and History for tiffed
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."
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