[ spif ]
/ spɪf /

verb (used with object) Informal.

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

Origin of spiff

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

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 spiff

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
Related formsspiff·i·ly, adverbspiff·i·ness, noun
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Examples 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.

  • "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 Formsspiffily, adverbspiffiness, noun

Word Origin for spiffy

C19: from dialect spiff
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