tiff

[tif]

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.

Origin of tiff

First recorded in 1720–30; origin uncertain

Synonyms for tiff

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British Dictionary definitions for tiffing

tiff

1

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

tiff

2

noun

archaic a small draught of alcoholic drink; dram

Word Origin for tiff

C18: see tiffin
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Word Origin and History for tiffing

tiff

n.

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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