\ ˈspif How to pronounce spiff (audio) \
spiffed; spiffing; spiffs

Definition of spiff

: spruce usually used with up spiff up your wardrobe

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Other Words from spiff

spiffed-up \ ˈspift-​ˈəp How to pronounce spiffed-up (audio) \ adjective

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Since Opendoor, Offerpad and Zillow spiff up the houses themselves before putting them back on the market, sellers don’t need to fix drippy faucets or try to appeal to buyers’ tastes. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "The Future of Housing Rises in Phoenix," 19 June 2019 The Mann Center, the prime city-country experience for many a summer classical listener, has spiffed up its grounds, which is certain to enhance the pleasure of the place. Peter Dobrin, https://www.inquirer.com, "Classical summer: Bradley Cooper, Harry Potter, piano stars, Yannick debuts at a spiffed-up Mann Center," 5 June 2019 Sam told us it would soon be converted into condominiums and that the derelict, overgrown area that abuts the mill would be spiffed up as part of a $25 million redevelopment project, re-emerging as a sparkling riverside walking trail. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, "A Traveler’s Guide to Oregon City, aka ‘Portland Without the Weird’," 27 Sep. 2018 Though their Fixer Upper days are long behind them, Chip and Joanna are far from done spiffing up their city of Waco, Texas. Megan Stein, Country Living, "You Can Buy This Brand-New Farmhouse Designed by Joanna Gaines," 22 Jan. 2019 The site would sometimes randomly go down, prompting Corcoran to spiff up his otherwise makeshift code. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 But that first outpost in Lakeview, spiffed up with a remodeling job in 2013, remains a great place to get a great cup of coffee. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Visitation to the island has increased since the Friends of Plum Island and Women in Preservation began spiffing up the place. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women in Preservation teaches construction skills on Door County's Plum Island," 7 June 2018 New development is expected to replenish the city’s housing and commercial stock—and spiff up its look. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Inside One of The United Kingdom’s Hottest Real-Estate Markets," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of spiff

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spiff

English dialect spiff dandified

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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