- to make spiffy (usually followed by up): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.
Origin of spiff1
1875–80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy
- a bonus or other form of remuneration given to retail salespeople for promoting the products of a particular manufacturer.
- to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.
Origin of spiff2
First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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Related Wordsrehabilitate, furnish, prepare, groom, slick, preen, spruce, titivate, smarten, spiff, primp, deck, provide, repair
Examples from the Web for spiffed
The reason none of these fellos over here never get spiffed is because they make you pay after every drink."Same old Bill, eh Mable!"
Word Origin and History for spiffed
"make neat or spruce," 1877 (with up or out), probably from spiffy (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper