verb (used with object) Informal.
Origin of spiff1
verb (used with object)
Origin of spiff2
adjective, spiff·i·er, spiff·i·est. Informal.
Origin of spiffy
Related Words for spiffingrehabilitate, furnish, prepare, groom, slick, preen, spruce, titivate, smarten, spiff, primp, deck, provide, repair
Examples from the Web for spiffing
Historical Examples of spiffing
I've got a pair of spiffing caps for you; do for church if you like.His Majesty Baby and Some Common People
"Spiffing," agreed Iva, who was also inspecting the new acquisitions.A Fortunate Term
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
Word Origin for spiffing
adjective -fier or -fiest
Word Origin for spiffy
1853, of uncertain origin, probably related to spiff "well-dressed man." Spiffing "excellent" was very popular in 1870s slang. Uncertain relationship to spiff (n.) "percentage allowed by drapers to their young men when they effect sale of old fashioned or undesirable stock" (1859), or to spiflicate "confound, overcome completely," a cant word from 1749 preserved in American English slang spiflicated "drunk," first recorded 1906 in O.Henry.
"make neat or spruce," 1877 (with up or out), probably from spiffy (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing.