spiff

1
[spif]
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verb (used with object) Informal.
  1. to make spiffy (usually followed by up): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.

Origin of spiff

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

spiff

2
[spif]Slang.
noun
  1. a bonus or other form of remuneration given to retail salespeople for promoting the products of a particular manufacturer.
verb (used with object)
  1. to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.

Origin of spiff

2
First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for spiffed

Historical Examples of spiffed

  • The reason none of these fellos over here never get spiffed is because they make you pay after every drink.


Word Origin and History for spiffed

spiff

v.

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

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