Definition of spiffy in English:



North American
  • Smart in appearance.

    ‘a spiffy new outfit’
    • ‘He glanced down the hall and spotted Lena talking to Izzy, who was also adorned, in a spiffy outfit.’
    • ‘I even have on a spiffy suit thing to completely dress the part.’
    • ‘He also wears this spiffy reddish business-guy suit.’
    • ‘I'm just reading between the lines, but he looked pretty sprightly and pretty spiffy there, you know, at 91.’
    • ‘He was dressed up and spiffy like he was on a date.’
    • ‘Billy was a junior Ranger, dressed in the dark, blue, gold-stripped spiffy uniform of his outfit.’
    • ‘‘So you look all spiffy today,’ she said noticing his black suit complimented with a burgundy shirt and matching tie.’
    • ‘The shop has the occasional spiffy tie, and a decent shirt from time to time.’
    • ‘Nate was chosen to go because he had a spiffy new bike.’
    • ‘They also raved about the spiffy appearance and the virtually indestructible treads.’
    • ‘They look spiffy and serve practical purposes.’
    • ‘Today my outfit was pretty spiffy if I do say so myself.’
    • ‘The moment they entered the restaurant in their spiffy new outfits, Evelyn regretted coming here.’
    • ‘Like five-pin bowling, lawn bowlers have to wear spiffy flat-soled shoes so they don't trample the one-eighth inch grass too badly.’
    • ‘Ming has moved into a spiffy apartment with his fiancée who is a writer, working on a novel whose leading character suffers from multiple-personality disorder.’
    • ‘The original personnel manager is long gone, and it's now a rather spiffy young woman who congratulates him on becoming the treasurer and then later vice president.’
    • ‘Being one of my company's IT representatives, it would have been my unsavory duty to tell Elizabeth that her spiffy new phone was not permitted on company premises.’
    • ‘The latter were suspicious at first, but eventually, the mentor positions (with spiffy shirts and caps) came to be seen as prestigious.’
    • ‘Shawn sauntered into the kitchen from the front door, carrying his guitar case again and looking spiffy in dark blue jeans and a white button down shirt.’
    • ‘‘You look spiffy tonight, Matt,’ I teased him as he ignored Madison's request to wait and joined us in the bathroom.’
    stylish, smart, elegant, chic, crisp, dapper, spruce, trim, debonair, well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressed
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Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.