\ 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

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 In August, Jemison and one of Jones’ friends, a coworker, got into a minor tiff which eventually led to a physical fight at a nearby park in October. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Marshae Jones shooting: ‘I will never get over the baby,’ says Ebony Jemison," 8 July 2019 The 4-year tiff between a firm backed by Craig Mateer, founder of Orlando baggage-handling company Bags Inc., and financial giant Deutsche Bank is at a stalemate. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Goliath vs. Goliath’: How a sliver of land and a fence has pit Bags Inc. founder vs. Deutsche Bank," 28 June 2019 Related Though the first debate was mostly cordial, a few tiffs broke out—and some of them continued after the event. Tarini Parti And Eliza Collins, WSJ, "Offstage in Miami, Democratic Candidates Search for Spotlight," 27 June 2019 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

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


\ ˈtif How to pronounce tiff (audio) \

Kids Definition of tiff

: a minor quarrel

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