spiffy

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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  • spiffy — [adj] stylish a la mode*, beautiful, chic, chichi*, classy, dandy, dapper, dashing, dressed to kill*, fashionable, high class*, in fashion, in vogue, jazzy*, mod*, now*, ritzy, sharp, showy, sleek, slick*, smart, snappy*, snazzy*, stunning,… …   New thesaurus

  • spiffy — [spif′ē] adj. spiffier, spiffiest [< 19th c. spiff, well dressed person < ?] Slang spruce, smart, or dapper spiffiness n …   English World dictionary

  • spiffy — f spifi] mod. excellent. □ This is a real spiffy place you’ve got here, Sam. □ Come have a look at my spiffy new car. □ Doesn’t look so spiffy to me …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Spiffy — A word used to show approval or happiness in regards to something. 1: That shirt is really spiffy. 2: I just won ten million dollars! Spiffy …   Dictionary of american slang

  • spiffy — UK [ˈspɪfɪ] / US adjective Word forms spiffy : adjective spiffy comparative spiffier superlative spiffiest informal very attractive, modern, or fashionable …   English dictionary

  • spiffy — adjective (spiffier; est) Date: 1853 fine looking ; smart < a spiffy sports jacket > • spiffily adverb • spiffiness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Spiffy — noun A spring wire collar stay, worn by men. The only neat thing about him was his collar. It was held down by a Spiffy wire stay …   Wiktionary

  • spiffy — adjective /ˈspɪfi/ Dapper; fine or neat, especially in style of clothing or other appearance. The charming twins came last week, and you should see their clothes. ‘Spiffy’ is the word. Syn: spiffing, spivvy See Also …   Wiktionary

  • spiffy — spif|fy [ˈspıfi] adj old fashioned informal especially AmE [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: spiff smart, well dressed (1800 1900)] very neat, attractive, and fashionable ▪ a spiffy blue suit …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spiffy — adj Dressed up. What a spiffy pair of shoes you have on, Roland. 1850s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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