\ ˈspi-fē How to pronounce spiffy (audio) \
spiffier; spiffiest

Definition of spiffy

: fine looking : smart a spiffy sports jacket

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Other Words from spiffy

spiffily \ ˈspi-​fə-​lē How to pronounce spiffily (audio) \ adverb
spiffiness \ ˈspi-​fē-​nəs How to pronounce spiffiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of spiffy in a Sentence

She looked very spiffy in her new dress.

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Here are the top 10 to-dos all season to keep the landscape spiffy: 1. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "Ten tips to ensure a healthy lawn during a Colorado summer," 27 June 2019 The driver of my spiffy yellow checkered taxi blasts on the air conditioner and lowers the window to shout the week’s hit song into the tropical air. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "Cuba: The Big Change," 12 May 2016 Costs per square foot are slated to rise from $21 at temporary quarters this year to $43, much of that at the spiffy renovated digs, in 2021, for example. oregonlive.com, "Portland Building renovation costs obscured by creative accounting, auditors say," 12 June 2019 There’s a Hollow Knight sequel in the works, EA’s got Neill Blomkamp to make a spiffy live-action Anthem trailer, and Harmonix has a new VR game, plus some brief notes about this week’s ugly Activision layoffs to wrap it up. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 More recent innovations, such as a spiffy premium economy section, pre-ordered in-flight meals, and charging ports at every seat, have boosted its profile with savvy travelers. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best International Airlines: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Within seconds, the new post began earning a ton of adoring comments noting how spiffy the trio looked together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Fans Can't Get Over How Much Kathie Lee Gifford's Son Cody Looks Like Her Late Husband," 31 July 2018 Designed by our own Aurich Lawson, our mugs come direct from the Ars Technica Orbiting HQ to your kitchen cupboard, feature spiffy front and back designs, and are dishwasher and microwave safe. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Caffeinate in style with an Ars Technica mug—now cheaper than ever," 12 Oct. 2018 The home’s spiffy off-grid features are also practical. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Homes Where Families Go Off the Grid," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of spiffy

1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spiffy

chiefly US, informal : neat, stylish, and attractive

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