tiff

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See also: Tiff and TIFF

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Etymology 1[edit]

Originally, a sniff, sniffing; compare Icelandic word for a smell.

Noun[edit]

tiff (plural tiffs)

  1. A small argument; a petty quarrel.
    • 1840, William Makepeace Thackeray, Catherine: A Story
      There’s Tom, now, since this tiff with Mrs. Cat, the scoundrel plays the Grand Turk here!
  2. Liquor; especially, a small draught of liquor.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      sipping his tiff of brandy punch.
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tiff (third-person singular simple present tiffs, present participle tiffing, simple past and past participle tiffed)

  1. (intransitive) To quarrel.
    • Landor
      She tiffed with Tim, she ran from Ralph.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English tiffen, Old French tiffer, tifer, to bedizen; compare D. tippen to clip the points or ends of the hair, English tip (noun).

Verb[edit]

tiff (third-person singular simple present tiffs, present participle tiffing, simple past and past participle tiffed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To deck out; to dress.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of A. Tucker to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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