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tiff

[tif] /tɪf/
noun
1.
a slight or petty quarrel.
2.
a slight fit of annoyance, bad mood, or the like.
verb (used without object)
3.
to have a petty quarrel.
4.
to be in a tiff.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; origin uncertain
Synonyms
1. spat, scrap, misunderstanding, difference.
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Examples from the web for tiff
  • The tiff could be the latest case of a company considering a domain name to be part of its intellectual property.
  • Television's royalty is in the middle of another unsavory tiff.
  • They seem to enjoy each other's company so much that the audience can only wonder what happens when they have a marital tiff.
  • The fracas could easily be explained as a management tiff, but there are some wrinkles.
  • tiff's untamed technique didn't stop him from becoming one of the great oarsmen of his era.
British Dictionary definitions for tiff

tiff1

/tɪf/
noun
1.
a petty quarrel
2.
a fit of ill humour
verb
3.
(intransitive) to have or be in a tiff
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

tiff2

/tɪf/
noun
1.
(archaic) a small draught of alcoholic drink; dram
Word Origin
C18: see tiffin
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Word Origin and History for 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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Slang definitions & phrases for tiff

tiff

noun

A minor quarrel or fight (1754+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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tiff in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for tiff

TIFF

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