Main definitions of tiff in English

: tiff1TIFF2

tiff1

noun

informal
  • A petty quarrel, especially one between friends or lovers.

    ‘Joanna had a tiff with her boyfriend’
    • ‘Remember that you're too important to deal with employees' petty tiffs.’
    • ‘‘Ohhh, lovers' tiff,’ Jason said dramatically, interrupting Morgan for the second time that afternoon.’
    • ‘And anyway, I'm sure they were only having a lovers' tiff!’
    • ‘And we play all day and all night and we get dirty faces and we have little tiffs and we call each other names now and then, but it sure is fun as hell to get to know the kids in the neighborhood.’
    • ‘Members of the public may have seen something and assumed it was a lovers' tiff.’
    • ‘Then Marc Antony says, ‘Oh, we had a little tiff!’’
    • ‘That afternoon, they were having the daddy of lovers' tiffs.’
    • ‘What if it was just a tiff between two friends today?’
    • ‘Let them know you are friends with both of them and do not want to get involved in their tiffs.’
    • ‘Since the days of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, who were alleged to have detested each other, the media have revelled in stories of spats, tiffs and rows between rival Hollywood stars.’
    • ‘Their tiff has all the characteristics of a domestic argument, with Rodriguez cast in the subservient ‘wife’ role.’
    • ‘And being a family, I sense that they must experience all of the family tensions, the high times and the low times, the rows, the tiffs and the making up, that are part of normal living.’
    • ‘Minor industry tiffs aside, it's been an exhilarating 12 months for the band.’
    • ‘Even the lovers' tiffs become high farce and the enjoyment is enhanced, not hindered, by the fact that it is performed by an all-male cast.’
    • ‘You've got time for one extended joke or one lovers' tiff or one death or whatever.’
    • ‘If so, seemingly profound disputes about appearance and reality turn out to be harmless tiffs about words.’
    • ‘He also called for a better dispute settlement process for trade tiffs that crop up periodically.’
    • ‘I had a little tiff with my friend Lisa after the playwrights left in which I brought Brownies to Lisa's place and invited her to eat one.’
    • ‘The lovers' tiff seems inconsequential, except that you know it's not.’
    • ‘‘I just expected him to come back, it was a slight tiff, an argument,’ he said.’
    quarrel, squabble, row, argument, fight, contretemps, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out, dispute, disputation, contention, clash, altercation, shouting match, exchange, war of words
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Origin

Early 18th century (denoting a slight outburst of temper): probably of dialect origin.

Pronunciation

tiff

/tif//tɪf/

Main definitions of tiff in English

: tiff1TIFF2

TIFF2

noun

Computing
  • A format for image files.

    as modifier ‘a TIFF image’

Origin

1990s: acronym from tagged image file format.

Pronunciation

TIFF

/tif/