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tiff1

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Pronunciation: /tɪf
 
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noun

informal
A petty quarrel, especially one between friends or lovers: Joanna had a tiff with her boyfriend
More example sentences
  • Remember that you're too important to deal with employees' petty tiffs.
  • And anyway, I'm sure they were only having a lovers' tiff!
  • What if it was just a tiff between two friends today?
Synonyms
tussle, conflict, fracas, affray, wrangle, tangle;
Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrook
informal set-to, run-in, shindig, shindy, stand-up, spat, scrap, dust-up
British informal barney, slanging match, bunfight, ding-dong, bust-up, ruck
Scottish informal rammy
North American informal rhubarb
archaic broil, miff
Scottish archaic threap, collieshangie
French archaic tracasserie(s)

Origin

early 18th century (denoting a slight outburst of temper): probably of dialect origin.

Words that rhyme with tiff

biff, cliff, glyph, if, kif, miff, niff, quiff, riff, skew-whiff, skiff, sniff, spliff, stiff, whiff

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TIFF2

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Pronunciation: /tɪf
 
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noun

Computing
A format for image files: [as modifier]: a TIFF image

Origin

1990s: acronym from tagged image file format.

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