spiffing

spiff

1 [spif]
verb (used with object) Informal.
to make spiffy (usually followed by up ): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.

Origin:
1875–80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy

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spiff

2 [spif] Slang.
noun
1.
a bonus or other form of remuneration given to retail salespeople for promoting the products of a particular manufacturer.
verb (used with object)
2.
to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.

Origin:
1855–60; origin uncertain

spiffy

[spif-ee]
adjective, spiffier, spiffiest. Informal.
spruce; smart; fine.
Also, spiffing [spif-ing] . especially British, spivvy, spivving.


Origin:
1855–60; dial. spiff well-dressed (origin uncertain) + -y1

spiffily, adverb
spiffiness, noun
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spiffing (ˈspɪfɪŋ)
 
adj
slang, old-fashioned (Brit) excellent; splendid
 
[C19: probably from dialect spiff spruce, smartly dressed]

spiffy (ˈspɪfɪ)
 
adj , -fier, -fiest
slang (US), (Canadian) smart; stylish
 
[C19: from dialect spiff]
 
'spiffily
 
adv
 
'spiffiness
 
n

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spiffy
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 Amer.Eng. slang spiflicated "drunk," first recorded 1906 in O.Henry.
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