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tiffin

[tif-in]British Informal.
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noun
  1. lunch.
verb (used without object)
  1. to eat lunch.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide lunch for; serve lunch to.

Origin of tiffin

1775–85; variant of *tiffing, equivalent to tiff (obsolete) to sip, drink + -ing1

Tiffin

[tif-in]
noun
  1. a city in N Ohio.
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Examples from the Web for tiffin

Historical Examples

  • I only charge a dollar for the tiffin, and one dollar and fifty cents for the dinner.

    Falk

    Joseph Conrad

  • General, your tiffin was a beauty, but your Camp—was very sad!

  • First Tiffin will come with the lighted candle: “Beau temps, monsieur.”

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • Tiffin goes on outpost and reports three civilians approaching.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • At tiffin that noon on the Negros I told the story to the others.


British Dictionary definitions for tiffin

tiffin

noun
  1. (in India) a light meal, esp one taken at midday

Word Origin

C18: probably from obsolete tiffing, from tiff to sip
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