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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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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Slang Dictionary

spiffy definition

[ˈspɪfi]
  1. mod.
    excellent. : This is a real spiffy place you've got here, Sam.
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spiffy definition


/spi'fee/ 1. Said of programs having a pretty, clever, or exceptionally well-designed interface. "Have you seen the spiffy X version of empire yet?" This was common mainstream slang during the 1940s.
2. Said sarcastically of a program that is perceived to have little more than a flashy interface going for it. Which meaning should be drawn depends delicately on tone of voice and context.
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Example sentences
Spiffy sounding degree programs are a marketing ploy, not a mandate from
  industry.
And this won't be the company's last foray into spiffy data visualization.
The doormen also have spiffy, tan leather caps to match.
Maybe you've seen the spiffy new blue cars zipping around the testing grounds.
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