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tiff

[ tif ]
/ tɪf /
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noun

a slight or petty quarrel.
a slight fit of annoyance, bad mood, or the like.

verb (used without object)

to have a petty quarrel.
to be in a tiff.

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Origin of tiff

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for tiff (1 of 2)

tiff1
/ (tɪf) /

noun

a petty quarrel
a fit of ill humour

verb

(intr) to have or be in a tiff

Word Origin for tiff

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for tiff (2 of 2)

tiff2
/ (tɪf) /

noun

archaic a small draught of alcoholic drink; dram

Word Origin for tiff

C18: see tiffin
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