spiffing

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

spiffing (comparative more spiffing, superlative most spiffing)

  1. (UK, colloquial) Very good, excellent.
    We're having a picnic at the races — how spiffing!
  2. (UK, colloquial) 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[edit]

  • Typically associated with the British upper class; often used in imitation of upper-class speakers.

Synonyms[edit]

Verb[edit]

spiffing

  1. Present participle of spiff.
    The boss returned from vacation before we could finish spiffing up the office.

References[edit]

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