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spiffy

[spif-ee] /ˈspɪf i/
adjective, spiffier, spiffiest. Informal.
1.
spruce; smart; fine.
Also, spiffing
[spif-ing] /ˈspɪf ɪŋ/ (Show IPA).
especially British, spivvy, spivving.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; dial. spiff well-dressed (origin uncertain) + -y1
Related forms
spiffily, adverb
spiffiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for spiffiness

spiffy

/ˈspɪfɪ/
adjective -fier, -fiest
1.
(US & Canadian, slang) smart; stylish
Derived Forms
spiffily, adverb
spiffiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from dialect spiff
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Word Origin and History for spiffiness

spiffy

adj.

1853, of uncertain origin, probably related to spiff "well-dressed man." Spiffing "excellent" was very popular in 1870s slang. Uncertain relationship to spiff (n.) "percentage allowed by drapers to their young men when they effect sale of old fashioned or undesirable stock" (1859), or to spiflicate "confound, overcome completely," a cant word from 1749 preserved in American English slang spiflicated "drunk," first recorded 1906 in O.Henry.

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Slang definitions & phrases for spiffiness

spiffy

adjective

Elegant; excellent; snazzy: They wear spiffy red-and-gold scarves/ New Model Buggy for Amish Is Spiffy (1853+)

adverb

Well; elegantly: They don't translate so spiffy (1937+)


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