\ 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


got into a little tiff about what color sheets to buy for their bed


like any couple, they occasionally tiff, but it's never anything serious

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tiff underscores the potential downside for businesses that wade into the political fray on the gun issue. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Comcast's Sky Bid, Apple Taxes, Powell Speech: CEO Daily for February 27, 2018," 27 Feb. 2018 Tiny tiffs are nothing new for Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) and Eddie Janko (Vanessa Ray) on Blue Bloods. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Reveals Jamie Is Not Happy With Eddie for the Strangest Reason," 5 Apr. 2019 Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain have gotten into their fair share of tiffs on The View before. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Whoopi Goldberg Calls "B.S." on Meghan McCain During Wednesday's Episode," 29 Nov. 2018 There were rumors of small tiffs last season with players and Danny Valencia. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners show some pregame fight with an altercation in the clubhouse," 4 Sep. 2018 Some 15 Russian servicemen were killed in the crash, causing a tiff between Russia and Israel, which had been coordinating Syria policy. Fox News, "With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there," 19 Sep. 2018 The first disappointment for liberals came in Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the tiff over whether Jack Phillips, a Christian baker, had the right to refuse to bake a cake celebrating the nuptials of two men. The Economist, "Justice Kennedy is retiring. What happens now?," 30 June 2018 Rey started working at the restaurant in October 2015 and received positive reviews from customers, but there were also several tiffs with his managers and co-workers. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "A Canadian restaurant fired this waiter for being rude. He says he's just French," 28 Mar. 2018 The day's action was reminiscent of April 4, when stocks plunged at the opening bell on worries about a possible tariff tiff between the United States and China only to end the day higher. Stan Choe, USA TODAY, "US stocks and bond yields dip amid trade worries with China," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yes, everything is all roses until money tiffs surface. Tanisha Sykes, USA TODAY, "Are you financially compatible with your mate? Here are 5 ways to find out.," 5 Feb. 2018 Democrats, who are in the midst of their own political tug-of-war between progressives and centrists, have not yet been able to translate the Republican scandals and Trump tiffs into convincing wins. Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, "The GOP inherits what Trump has wrought," 26 May 2017 Good luck to TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, who will be the one with the difficult task of saying no to filmmakers. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "Finally a Solution to Hollywood’s Gender Problems?," 23 Feb. 2017

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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


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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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