- to eat lunch.
Origin of tiffin
1775–85; variant of *tiffing, equivalent to tiff (obsolete) to sip, drink + -ing1
- a city in N Ohio.
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Examples from the Web for tiffin
I only charge a dollar for the tiffin, and one dollar and fifty cents for the dinner.Falk
General, your tiffin was a beauty, but your Camp—was very sad!The Petticoat Commando
First Tiffin will come with the lighted candle: “Beau temps, monsieur.”
Tiffin goes on outpost and reports three civilians approaching.
At tiffin that noon on the Negros I told the story to the others.Where the Strange Trails Go Down
E. Alexander Powell
- (in India) a light meal, esp one taken at midday
C18: probably from obsolete tiffing, from tiff to sip
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