Definitions

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

  • adj. Smart in appearance or dress; stylish.
  • transitive v. To make attractive, stylish, or up-to-date: spiffying up my wardrobe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dapper; fine or neat, especially in style of clothing or other appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Spruce; well-dressed.

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

  • adj. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

Etymologies

Possibly from dialectal spiff, dandified.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
spiff +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Plus, they come in spiffy designs like mod half-globes and minimalist cylinders.

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  • Bookshelf to the left of me crammed with Uni work, textbooks, folders, magazines in spiffy holders, a framed Strategy Award. lol.

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  • There was live music at a nice (low) volume, polite inobtrusive wait-staff in spiffy uniforms, everything was perfect including the decor.

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  • She herself always looked "spiffy," to use Qwilleran's word.

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  • Besides, the cold weather gear is kind of spiffy, Youmans said with a laugh.

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  • Glad that things are looking a little more "spiffy" now ...

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  • Before taking off Thursday on Air Force One for his first trip as president, Obama told reporters traveling with him that the plane is "spiffy" and showed off his new crew jacket with his name stitched on it.

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  • Still not convinced that we have a twelve year old running the country, perhaps Obama will take you on his "spiffy" new ride, Air Force One, just to convince you!

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  • That continued after his arrest, when he joked with reporters, calling his jail-issue jump suit "spiffy" and the handcuffs "bling."

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  • We once watched a Sounders game online, called by the other team's play-by-play guy who used the word "spiffy" at least four times.

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  • Especially when the power's on.

    August 5, 2012

  • Delhi’s metro train is one of India’s spiffiest bits of infrastructure.

    August 5, 2012