[ spif ]
/ spɪf /
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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Origin of spiff1
1875–80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy
Words nearby spiff
Definition for spiffing (2 of 3)
[ 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
Definition for spiffing (3 of 3)
[ spif-ee ]
/ ˈspɪf i /
adjective, spiff·i·er, spiff·i·est. Informal.
spruce; smart; fine.
Also spif·fing [spif-ing] /ˈspɪf ɪŋ/; especially British, spivvy, spivving.
Origin of spiffy
1855–60; dial. spiff well-dressed (origin uncertain) + -y1
OTHER WORDS FROM spiffyspiff·i·ly, adverbspiff·i·ness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for spiffing
It was impossible for any one to deny that such a thing would be spiffing in the very highest possible degree.Priscilla's Spies|George A. Birmingham
I've got a pair of spiffing caps for you; do for church if you like.His Majesty Baby and Some Common People|Ian MacLaren
"Spiffing," agreed Iva, who was also inspecting the new acquisitions.A Fortunate Term|Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for spiffing (1 of 2)
/ (ˈspɪfɪŋ) /
British slang, old-fashioned excellent; splendid
Word Origin for spiffing
C19: probably from dialect spiff spruce, smartly dressed
British Dictionary definitions for spiffing (2 of 2)
/ (ˈspɪfɪ) /
adjective -fier or -fiest
US and Canadian slang smart; stylish
Derived forms of spiffyspiffily, adverbspiffiness, noun
Word Origin for spiffy
C19: from dialect spiff
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