[ spif ]
/ spɪf /
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verb (used with object) Informal.
to make spiffy (usually followed by up): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of spiff1
1875–80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy
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Definition for spiff (2 of 2)
[ spif ]
/ spɪf /
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 spiff2
First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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The best shoe rack can spiff you right up, putting all your organized pairs within arm’s reach.Best shoe rack: Behold these versatile shoe storage options|PopSci Commerce Team|March 17, 2021|Popular Science
Sheriff Popkins does not hesitate to lend his name to a bubble; and Alderman Spiff concocts one!The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds