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: a petty quarrel


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tiffed; tiffing; tiffs

intransitive verb

: to have a petty quarrel

Examples of tiff in a Sentence

Noun got into a little tiff about what color sheets to buy for their bed Verb like any couple, they occasionally tiff, but it's never anything serious
Recent Examples on the Web
Pisces February 19 – March 20 A fresh tiff on social media could have deep roots. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 But sadly, for the last decade or so, Cyrus's tiffs haven't been the fun, intra-celebrity kind, but the personal, family kind. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 5 Feb. 2024 What happened next that morning was stupid, unnecessary and shameful, and a horrific reminder that getting into tiffs while driving can have tragic, ruinous consequences. Robin Abcarian, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 Mahomes and Kelce had a pregame tiff with Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker when Tucker set up his gear in the middle of the Chiefs’ warmups. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 28 Jan. 2024 The two unleashed their fire attacking each other for past statements, records in their home states, and policy tiffs, but the disputes seemed to do little to move the needle dramatically in one direction. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, 11 Jan. 2024 Unique New York The latest electric vehicle tiff is uniquely New York. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, 21 Nov. 2023 In the heat of the actors strike that had ground Hollywood to a halt for months, Fran Drescher told the 34 members of SAG-AFTRA’s negotiating committee a story about an aikido student in Japan who gets into a tiff with a drunk on a train. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2023 The grain tiff plays directly to a key constituency of the ruling party: farmers. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1754, in the meaning defined above


1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tiff was in 1700

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Cite this Entry

“Tiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiff. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a minor quarrel

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