tiffin

[ tif-in ]
/ ˈtɪf ɪn /
British.(in India)

noun

a light midday meal; lunch

verb (used without object)

to eat a light midday meal.

verb (used with object)

to provide a light meal for; serve lunch to.

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Origin of tiffin

First recorded in 1800–05; variant of tiffing (unattested), equivalent to tiff (obsolete) “to sip, drink, snack between meals” + -ing1

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Tiffin
[ tif-in ]
/ ˈtɪf ɪn /

noun

a city in N Ohio.
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British Dictionary definitions for tiffin

tiffin
/ (ˈtɪfɪn) /

noun

(in India) a light meal, esp one taken at midday

Word Origin for tiffin

C18: probably from obsolete tiffing, from tiff to sip
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