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Probably from British English dialect spoffle (“to be spoffish”).
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- (Britain, colloquial, dated) earnest and active in matters of no importance; bustling
- 1836, “Boz” [pseudonym; Charles Dickens], Sketches by “Boz,” Illustrative of Every-day Life, and Every-day People. […], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), 2nd edition, London: John Macrone, […], OCLC 912950347:, Horatio Sparkins
- Mr. Malderton, […] a little spoffish man, with green spectacles, entered the room.