One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A petty quarrel, especially one between friends or lovers.‘Joanna had a tiff with her boyfriend’
quarrel, squabble, row, argument, fight, contretemps, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out, dispute, disputation, contention, clash, altercation, shouting match, exchange, war of wordsView synonyms
- ‘The lovers' tiff seems inconsequential, except that you know it's not.’
- ‘‘Ohhh, lovers' tiff,’ Jason said dramatically, interrupting Morgan for the second time that afternoon.’
- ‘Minor industry tiffs aside, it's been an exhilarating 12 months for the band.’
- ‘What if it was just a tiff between two friends today?’
- ‘You've got time for one extended joke or one lovers' tiff or one death or whatever.’
- ‘Members of the public may have seen something and assumed it was a lovers' tiff.’
- ‘That afternoon, they were having the daddy of lovers' 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.’
- ‘He also called for a better dispute settlement process for trade tiffs that crop up periodically.’
- ‘Remember that you're too important to deal with employees' petty tiffs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Let them know you are friends with both of them and do not want to get involved in their tiffs.’
- ‘If so, seemingly profound disputes about appearance and reality turn out to be harmless tiffs about words.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Then Marc Antony says, ‘Oh, we had a little tiff!’’
- ‘And anyway, I'm sure they were only having a lovers' tiff!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘‘I just expected him to come back, it was a slight tiff, an argument,’ he said.’
- ‘Their tiff has all the characteristics of a domestic argument, with Rodriguez cast in the subservient ‘wife’ role.’
Early 18th century (denoting a slight outburst of temper): probably of dialect origin.
A format for image files.as modifier ‘a TIFF image’
1990s: acronym from tagged image file format.
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