spiffing

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈspɪfɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪfɪŋ

Adjective[edit]

spiffing (comparative more spiffing, superlative most spiffing)

  1. (Britain, colloquial) Very good, excellent.
    We're having a picnic at the races — how spiffing!
  2. (Britain, colloquial) Smart or appealing in dress or appearance.
    I say, that outfit is simply spiffing.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Part I, episode 1]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      I have a lovely pair with a hair strip, grey. You'll look spiffing in them.
    • 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]

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

spiffing

  1. present participle of spiff

References[edit]

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