Definition of spiff in English:


Syllabification: spiff
Pronunciation: /spif


[with object] (spiff someone/something up) North American informal
  • Make someone or something attractive, tidy, or stylish: he arrived all spiffed up in a dinner jacket
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    • The lounge was upgraded with a new stage, light and sound systems, while the theater received new fabrics to spiff it up.
    • Joe spiffs himself up and heads with Pip to Miss Havisham's, where he is so intimidated by the old woman that every time she asks him a question, he directs his reply at Pip.
    • In the process, the district itself has been spiffed up.


late 19th century: perhaps from dialect spiff 'well-dressed'.

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