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  1. a slight or petty quarrel.
  2. a slight fit of annoyance, bad mood, or the like.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to have a petty quarrel.
  2. to be in a tiff.
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Origin of tiff

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain


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1. spat, scrap, misunderstanding, difference.
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Examples from the Web for tiffed

Historical Examples

  • We tiffed a little going to church, and fairly quarrelled before the bells had done ringing.

    The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886

    Ministry of Education

  • They had tiffed occasionally, and broken off the friendship, and once I believe returned letters.

British Dictionary definitions for tiffed


  1. a petty quarrel
  2. a fit of ill humour
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  1. (intr) to have or be in a tiff
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin


  1. archaic a small draught of alcoholic drink; dram
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Word Origin

C18: see tiffin
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Word Origin and History for tiffed



1727, "outburst of temper," later "small quarrel" (1754), of uncertain origin; OED suggests imitative, "from the sound of a slight puff of air or gas."

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