Complete Definition of "spiffing"

English

Pronunciation
audio|en-uk-spiffing.ogg|Audio (UK)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ɪfɪŋ|-ɪfɪŋ

Adjective
en-adj

  1. context|upper-class colloquial British Very good, excellent.

#:We're having a picnic at the races—how spiffing!

  1. context|upper-class colloquial British Smart or appealing in dress or appearance.

#:I say, that outfit is simply spiffing.
#*2007, "'''Spiffing''' new image", Times Online, London, 18 May (retrieved 14 June 2007),
#*:Spiffing new image: ITV is developing an updated version of Spitting Image, with CGI graphics.

Usage notes
Spiffing is typically used by the upper classes or in imitation of upper-class speakers.

Synonyms
jolly good
spiffy

Verb
spiffing

#present participle of|spiff
#:The boss returned from vacation before we could finish spiffing up the office.

References
Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.

Category:Unknown etymology

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