Adj. Excellent, first rate. Somewhat archaic expression perpetuated by humourous use when mimicking upper class behaviour. E.g."We had an absolutely spiffing time, thanks mainly to Lord Ponsonby's generous gift of!"

English slang and colloquialisms. 2014.

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  • spiffing — [[t]spɪ̱fɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone describes something such as news or an event as spiffing, they mean that it is very good. [BRIT, INFORMAL, OLD FASHIONED] I came to give your mother a piece of perfectly spiffing news. ...a jolly spiffing… …   English dictionary

  • spiffing — adjective a) Very good, excellent. Were having a picnic at the races how spiffing! b) Smart or appealing in dress or appearance. I say, that outfit is simply spiffing. Syn: jolly good, spi …   Wiktionary

  • spiffing — A WASPish exclamation of approval. A. Buffy, what do you say to cocktails at the country club? B. Spiffing! …   Dictionary of american slang

  • spiffing — v. make attractive; give something a polished appearance n. charm; attractive or polished appearance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spiffing — adjective Brit. informal, dated excellent; splendid. Origin C19: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • spiffing — adjective BrE old fashioned excellent …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • spiffing — spiff·ing …   English syllables

  • spiffing — UK [ˈspɪfɪŋ] / US adjective British informal old fashioned very good, or enjoyable …   English dictionary

  • spiffing — /ˈspɪfɪŋ/ (say spifing) adjective British Colloquial first rate; excellent. {origin uncertain; ? related to spiffy} …   Australian English dictionary

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