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spiffy

[ spif-ee ]
/ ˈspɪf i /
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adjective, spiff·i·er, spiff·i·est.Informal.

spruce; smart; fine.

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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 spiffy

spiff·i·ly, adverbspiff·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spiffy

spiffy
/ (ˈspɪfɪ) /

adjective -fier or -fiest

US and Canadian slang smart; stylish

Derived forms of spiffy

spiffily, adverbspiffiness, noun

Word Origin for spiffy

C19: from dialect spiff
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