One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light meal, especially lunch.
- ‘And if the forecast looks promising, make the tiffin the night before and pop it in the freezer.’
- ‘The business of delivering dabbas - also known as tiffins, from an Anglo-Indian word for ‘lunch’ - began more than a century ago, reputedly at the request of a hungry English administrator.’
- ‘I had a nice tiffin of mini idly, mini masala dosai, rava upma and a sweet.’
- ‘And despite our objections, they brush the dust off our feet, fan us if we are looking hot and share their tiffin with us.’
- ‘From an all-time tiffin to a filling meal, dosa has made a place in the heart of gourmets across the country.’
Early 19th century: apparently from dialect tiffing ‘sipping’, of unknown origin.
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