Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make attractive, stylish, or up-to-date: spiffed up the old storefront.
  • n. Attractiveness or charm in appearance, dress, or manners: "He may need more than spiff to get him through the bad patches ahead” ( James Wolcott).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Attractiveness or charm in dress, appearance, or manner
  • n. A well-dressed man
  • n. A bonus or other remuneration, given for reaching a sales goal or promoting the goods of a particular manufacturer. Originally from textile retailing, a percentage given for selling off surplus or out-of-fashion stock, of which the sales person could offer part as a discount to a customer.
  • n. a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette; a joint
  • v. to make spiffy (attractive, polished, or up-to-date)
  • v. to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. attractiveness in appearance or dress or manner

Etymologies

Possibly from dialectal spiff, well-dressed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Seems to be conflation with spiv.

    May 18, 2013

  • Wiktionary
    . . .
    n. countable, dated A well-dressed man
    n. countable A bonus or other remuneration, . . . .
    n. countable, colloquial, Jamaica a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette; a joint
    . . .
    v. to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.”

    Could you be more specific, please?

    May 16, 2013