\ ˈspi-fē \
spiffier; spiffiest

Definition of spiffy

: fine looking : smart a spiffy sports jacket

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Other Words from spiffy

spiffily \ ˈspi-​fə-​lē \ adverb
spiffiness \ ˈspi-​fē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of spiffy in a Sentence

She looked very spiffy in her new dress.

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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 Don't forget to order those spiffy Crawl stitch markers. Mary Mooney, OregonLive.com, "Local dyer Duchess of Dyepots debuts at Pearl Fiber Arts," 8 Jan. 2018 Now, the chairman and former president and ‘CE-Yo’ of Stonyfield Yogurt has returned to the Londonderry, N.H., company with another spiffy new title: chief organic optimist. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Oh that not-so-dirty water: It lets a longtime advocate retire," 12 Mar. 2018 Guests ride in a version of Slinky Dog on a spiffy red track through family-friendly twists and turns. Mekado Murphy, New York Times, "Walk Among Giants — Woody Included — at Disney World's New Toy Story Land," 28 June 2018 Robert Perdziola’s set, with its striped beach umbrellas and cabanas, and azure ocean sun-drenched in Chris Maravich’s lighting, is easy on the eyes, as are Perdziola’s spiffy period costumes. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Lyric revival of Mozart's romantic comedy 'Cosi Fan Tutte' touches the heart," 18 Feb. 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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