spiffier; spiffiest
: fine looking : smart
a spiffy sports jacket
spiffily adverb
spiffiness noun

Examples of spiffy in a Sentence

She looked very spiffy in her new dress.
Recent Examples on the Web Just take the spiffy velvet suits of Francis Ford Coppola in the 1970s, or the jazzy short-sleeve shirts and bomber jackets of Spike Lee in the ’90s, or the bold colors and bottle sunglasses of Agnès Varda throughout every stage of her decades-long career. Liam Hess, Vogue, 6 Mar. 2024 Two retirees — one a Harley enthusiast and another who arrived on a spiffy electric bicycle — checked in as well. Ron Lieber, New York Times, 2 Mar. 2024 Or, opt for the Wool Pipers, which remind us of a spiffy sneaker that’s not necessarily used for physical activities. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2024 Looking spiffy Dear Diary: My wife and I recently attended a performance of opera music at Carnegie Hall. James Barron, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 He's even got a spiffy new lightsaber, constructed back on Peridea with help from Huyang (David Tennant). Devan Coggan, EW.com, 4 Oct. 2023 The outfit looks nothing like the rangers’ spiffy uniform that includes a Smokey Bear hat. Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 On Saturday afternoon, awards for the best costume prompt competitors to debut new masks and spiffier furs. Susan Portnoy, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Jan. 2024 Goodbye regular old toilet brush, hello spiffy new Clorox ToiletWand. Amanda Oliver, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spiffy was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Spiffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiffy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


spiffier; spiffiest
: fine looking : smart
a spiffy sports jacket

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