AskDefine | Define spiffing

Dictionary Definition

spiffing adj : excellent or splendid; "that's a perfectly spiffing idea"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. In the context of "upper-class colloquial British": Very good, excellent.
    We're having a picnic at the races—how spiffing!
  2. In the context of "upper-class colloquial British": 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

  • Spiffing is typically used by the upper classes or in imitation of upper-class speakers.



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


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