spiff

1
[spif]

verb (used with object) Informal.

to make spiffy (usually followed by up): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.

Nearby words

  1. spielberg, steven,
  2. spieler,
  3. spielmeyer-vogt disease,
  4. spier,
  5. spif,
  6. spiffing,
  7. spiffy,
  8. spiflicate,
  9. spigelian,
  10. spigelius' line

Origin of spiff

1
1875–80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy

spiff

2
[spif]Slang.

noun

a bonus or other form of remuneration given to retail salespeople for promoting the products of a particular manufacturer.

verb (used with object)

to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.

Origin of spiff

2
First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain

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Word Origin and History for spiff

spiff

v.

"make neat or spruce," 1877 (with up or out), probably from spiffy (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper