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 (spĭf′ē) Informal
adj. spiff·i·er, spiff·i·est
Stylish in appearance or dress.
tr.v. spiff·ied, spiff·y·ing, spiff·ies
To make attractive, stylish, or up-to-date: spiffying up my wardrobe.

[Possibly from dialectal spiff, dandified.]

spiff′i·ly adv.
spiff′i·ness n.


adj, -fier or -fiest
slang US and Canadian smart; stylish
[C19: from dialect spiff]
ˈspiffily adv
ˈspiffiness n


(ˈspɪf i)

adj. spiff•i•er, spiff•i•est. Informal.
smart; fine; spruce: a spiffy new convertible.
[1855–60; dial. spiff well-dressed (orig. uncertain) + -y1]
spiff′i•ly, adv.
spiff′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spiffy - marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat"
fashionable, stylish - being or in accordance with current social fashions; "fashionable clothing"; "the fashionable side of town"; "a fashionable cafe"
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We found Athens to be a perfectly lovely, if graffiti-festooned, urban center, still enjoying the spiffiness that came about from hosting the recent Olympics, although its depressed economic reality was also apparent: The famously traffic-choked city was easy to maneuver, and formerly scarce taxis were abundant; the delicious continental breakfast we enjoyed at our boutique hotel, the Periscope, seemed to be served just for us; and we were forced to hop off our hop-on-hop-off tour bus after it was hemmed in by a tear-gassed street protest featuring cops and firefighters demonstrating against cuts to their benefits.
Eschewing traditional preppy plaids, she set about creating her line Bow Garcon, edging her beau towards new levels of spiffiness with unexpected print-on-print combinations and quirky hues.
In any case, it is not the spiffiness of the philanthropic works that engages a designated group of professional people.