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Definition of tiff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a petty quarrel


tiffed; tiffing; tiffs

Definition of tiff (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to have a petty quarrel

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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: Noun The pandemic and lost wages were their most urgent concerns, far outweighing a minor tiff with a neighbor, who complained about their dog to the property manager. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Landlords evict hundreds of Utah renters each month despite a ban during the pandemic," 12 Dec. 2020 Buy things that reflect good taste, but don’t go overboard with spending and cause a tiff with your mate. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 19, 2020: Leo, harmless fun passes the time; Scorpio, be productive at home," 19 Dec. 2020 The tiff with the governor turned Ms. Jones, 31, into a cause célèbre. New York Times, "A State Scientist Questioned Florida’s Virus Data. Now Her Home’s Been Raided.," 11 Dec. 2020 The tiff with the governor turned Jones, 31, into a cause célèbre. Patricia Mazzei New York Times, Star Tribune, "Florida virus-numbers saga reads like a crime novel," 12 Dec. 2020 The other starting cornerback, Dre Kirkpatrick, got involved in a tiff with receiver D.K. Metcalf in the third quarter that ended with Kirkpatrick being penalized for taunting. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals needed their offense to carry them in Seattle, and it did — to a defeat," 21 Nov. 2020 Martin’s 2016 tiff with FBI agents followed an early meeting, that also included the Australian Federal Police, to develop a strategy. Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. and British Agents’ Fight at London Pub Is Focus of Employment Case," 29 Sep. 2020 The move raised questions about the future of movies and streaming and even led to a tiff between AMC Theatres (AMC), which is the biggest movie chain in the world, and Universal. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "The biggest movies that have been delayed, and when you can expect to see them now," 26 Sep. 2020 The pair got in a little tiff on social media after Tana posted a TikTok with Francesca's ex, Harry Jowsey. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Tana Mongeau and Francesca Farago are Feuding On Social Media Over Francesca's Ex Harry Jowsey," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of tiff


1754, in the meaning defined above


1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tiff


origin unknown

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25 Jan 2021

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“Tiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiff. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tiff

: a small fight or argument about something that is not important


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Kids Definition of tiff

: a minor quarrel

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