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  • adj. Very good, excellent.
  • adj. Smart or appealing in dress or appearance.
  • v. Present participle of spiff.

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

  • adj. excellent or splendid


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • But I’m glad to see that in spiffing it up, they’re not going all serious.

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  • It's because he's the only person I know who talks using words like 'spiffing' with any degree of comfort. var doubleclick_ad_params = 'wg=2;wa=48;wc=AU;wi=18th;wi=century;wi=literature;wi=andromeda;wi=spaceways;wi=inflight;wi=magazine;wi=angel;wi=arthurian;wi=legends;jid=7007632;!

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  • It's because he's the only person I know who talks using words like 'spiffing' with any degree of comfort.

    Even in a little thing

  • Since his normal range of adjectives and adverbs was untranslatable, he still punctuated his speech with English words such as 'spiffing' and 'simply ripping' and 'absolutely ghastly', whose effect was disorientating and redundant rather than nonsensical.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • 'spiffing' and 'good egg' in my humble, but their use all helps to ensure that there is a slightly dotty, frenetic, flapperish atmosphere which makes these stories so agreeable.

    Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover

  • Gosport is a spiffing name but Gosport Tories has that nautical air to it.

    Do the Tories only say what they really think when they think nobody can hear them ?

  • The start of the end for the tories I believe as along with health and education their spiffing ideas are already starting to bite the dust.

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  • And yet the off-off-off season not only has particular charms but also offers a spiffing opportunity for luxury hotel living at unusually low rates—as I've just discovered on a fortnight's road trip from St. Tropez to Menton.

    Pruning the Cost of Luxury on the Riviera

  • Face to Face/Zuma Press Bankia Chairman Rodrigo Rato The task of cobbling together seven regional banks, some controlled by local political parties, and spiffing them up for an IPO has fallen to its chairman, Rodrigo Rato , a former senior government minister and top International Monetary Fund official.

    A Former IMF Leader Tackles IPO Challenge

  • Thus I am re-visiting older artwork and spiffing it up and massaging it so the images all match and work together.



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  • 'How are you now, Jock?'

    'Perfectly spiffing,

    actually, old thing...'

    - Peter Reading, 5x5x5x5x5, 1983

    July 4, 2008