Share this entry

Share this page

spiffy

Line breaks: spiffy
Pronunciation: /ˈspɪfi
 
/

Definition of spiffy in English:

adjective (spiffier, spiffiest)

North American informal
Smart in appearance: a spiffy new outfit
More example sentences
  • They also raved about the spiffy appearance and the virtually indestructible treads.
  • Today my outfit was pretty spiffy if I do say so myself.
  • Billy was a junior Ranger, dressed in the dark, blue, gold-stripped spiffy uniform of his outfit.

Origin

mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

spiffily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • As we approach downtown Chennai I watch in stunned silence from the bus as a spiffily clad office worker walks out of a shiny high tech office with an over-filled wastebasket in hand.
  • And so did his son Jameer Jr., who was dressed as spiffily as his pop.

Definition of spiffy in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…