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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 feud with Scorsese is similar to James Cameron's tiff with the MCU. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Samuel L. Jackson and other stars respond to Martin Scorsese's comments about Marvel movies," 7 Oct. 2019 Copper prices are down 15% since mid-June, thanks to a weakening China and President Donald Trump’s escalating trade tiff. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Dr. Copper’s Summer Cold Will Take Time to Fix," 25 July 2018 All carmakers must contend with slowing sales in China, trade tiffs and costly investments required to cope with tighter emissions rules and upheavals such as electric vehicles (EVs), self-driving cars, carsharing and other mobility services. The Economist, "BMW tries to turn a corner—and loses its boss," 11 July 2019 Plus, your questions on the rookie of the year candidates, Lamar Jackson’s Year 2, the ongoing fallout from the Patriots-Texans tiff and more. Albert Breer, SI.com, "NFL Officials Still Aren’t Sure How the New Pass Interference Replay Rule Will Work," 20 June 2019 But a tiff over Kubiak’s desires to fill out his staff with cronies forced an awkward break-up in his longtime bromance with Elway, and led Kubiak to a job as assistant head coach and offensive advisor in Minnesota, where Sloter is now thriving. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Are Buzzkill Broncos so bad on offense it will again doom star linebacker Von Miller to failure in 2019?," 27 Aug. 2019 For other economies, this new trade tiff is also a headache. Jane Li, Quartz, "A deepening trade quarrel between Japan and South Korea is rattling smartphone makers," 26 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Cyrus got into an online tiff with Carter’s ex, reality star Brody Jenner, who had weighed in on the women’s coupling and joked on Instagram that pictures of him and Hemsworth holding hands were forthcoming. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s the latest in Miley Cyrus’ split from Liam Hemsworth," 13 Aug. 2019 The Twitter tiff raged for a while until Morgan sarcastically joked that maybe he, too, should become a model. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Chrissy Teigen's all-time best mom-shaming clapbacks and most hilarious cracks ever," 19 July 2019 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


origin unknown

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of tiff was in 1700

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English Language Learners Definition of tiff

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


\ ˈtif How to pronounce tiff (audio) \

Kids Definition of tiff

: a minor quarrel

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not being in agreement or harmony

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