\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The dishes are a spiffy mint green color and safe to use in the oven or microwave. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Summer’s easiest dessert is Pots & Co.’s apple cinnamon crumble in reusable ramekins," 10 June 2020 At the end, my character comes back from rehab, hair combed, looking spiffy and ready for the sequel. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "9 to 5 actress Peggy Pope dies at 91," 2 June 2020 But beneath the pomp and circumstance of Wednesday's launch attempt—behind the shiny Teslas and spiffy spacesuits—is the reality that climbing on top of a rocket is more or less like climbing on top of a bomb. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The commander who laughed and joked Wednesday does not lack courage," 28 May 2020 There are unmistakable traces of post-punk in this spiffy, spiky charmer, which features shambling guitars, an unfussy bass line and sparse production. Brian Raftery, New York Times, "12 Essential Lesser-Known Power-Pop Songs," 13 May 2020 Now with no more double doubles from John Mooney, no more getting by on guts and guile from Rex Pflueger and no more spiffy stats and little else from T.J. Gibbs, the roster has some massive holes. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Resilient Notre Dame basketball team made strides but needs to be better," 18 Mar. 2020 Tonight will bring about character actors in their best black tie fashions—and it’s sure to be a mixture of fabulous frocks and spiffy suits. Vogue, "Emmy Awards 2019: Fashion—Live From the Red Carpet," 22 Sep. 2019 The basement is set to get new lighting, wallpaper and furniture for parties, plus a spiffy new bar. Peter Lawrence Kane, SFChronicle.com, "Longtime bartenders save 84-year-old dive bar Columbus Cafe in North Beach," 11 Feb. 2020 The competition in the compact segment is relentless, however, and the Civic’s interior feels dated compared to spiffy new entries like the Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3. Henry Payne, chicagotribune.com, "The racy Honda Civic Si just wants to have fun," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of spiffy

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Spiffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiffy. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spiffy

chiefly US, informal : neat, stylish, and attractive

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