\ ˈtif How to pronounce tiff (audio) \

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 Some companies are concerned about risks short of war, such as being caught in the crosshairs of a U.S.-China sanctions tiff, or even that a company’s social stances could be a flashpoint, Ms. Burns said. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 9 May 2022 Schwarzenegger hosted the spinoff show, on which Trump was a producer, and got into a public tiff with him in 2017 over declining ratings — each blaming the other for the lack of viewers. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Former Louisville basketball coach Chris Mack attended Sunday’s Super Bowl to watch his beloved Bengals and engaged in a Twitter tiff from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 15 Feb. 2022 But the court is also where the impetuous teen gets into a tiff with a local gangster, with whom Will ends up in jail overnight. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2022 The White House was considering how to respond when, according to The Hill, a tiff broke out over whether Biden could put Manchin’s name in a press release, of all things. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 22 Dec. 2021 And don’t forget the departure of news anchor Shepard Smith, who left — also abruptly — in October 2019 following a tiff with Carlson that played out on-air. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 The main misunderstanding between the two, regarding how soon Hernan got engaged to the ex after his Quinn's relationship, brings in tons of tension, with their co-workers choosing surprising sides of the tiff. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Nov. 2021 Contrasted with the current post-game scene in the NFL, and the Hamlin-Bowman tiff seemed like a heavyweight fight. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 6 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Tiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiff. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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\ ˈtif How to pronounce tiff (audio) \

Kids Definition of tiff

: a minor quarrel

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