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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a spiffy blue pinstripe suit
▪ He was dressed in spiffy blue pinstripes and expensive black shoes and sported a peach-colored hanky in his front pocket.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1853, of uncertain origin, probably related to spiff "well-dressed man." Uncertain relationship to spiff (n.) "percentage allowed by drapers to their young men when they effect sale of old fashioned or undesirable stock" (1859), or to spiflicate "confound, overcome completely," a cant word from 1749 that was "common in the 19th century" [OED], preserved in American English and yielded slang spiflicated "drunk," first recorded in that sense 1902.


a. (context informal English) dapper; fine or neat, especially in style of clothing or other appearance. n. (context informal English) A dapper person.

  1. adj. marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat" [syn: dapper, dashing, jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, smart, snappy, spruce]

  2. [also: spiffiest, spiffier]

Usage examples of "spiffy".

We were still chuckling at having seen Lionel from HELP, paged by the nurse, checking out the room numbers and then, with a spiffy straightening of his Blazer and forelock, entering the room of the Lady of the Lice, the room crawling with the crabs.

ROCKFISH went scoreless in the seventh, shut down on a strikeout, and a spiffy double play started by Aubrey at short.

But if a goldfish went woof woof, it would be an empty threat, because what harm could a goldfish do you, even a very large, pumped-up on steroids kind of goldfish who had possibly studied all the Sonny Chiba films and knew a lot of spiffy moves?

I just bet these Esmeraldans and Perigrinates have some positively spiffy antiaircraft guns.

Here in Washington, the Army of the Potomac is now marching up and down, looking spiffier every day, and the Tycoon is beginning to get abuse for the Jacobins here and Greeley in the Tribune in New York for appointing a procrastinator as General-in-Chief.

Is there maybe some shop that sells Spiffy Clothes of Great 1930s Bandleaders?

The red van is still up there near the corner of Bear and Poplar (some spiffy rig, the boy thinks), and this time there is a vehicle coming down the street, as well, a blue Acura Gary recognizes at once.

Air policemen in natty uniforms with white dickeys at their throats manned the gates and patrolled chain link fences topped with barbed wire while they fought to keep their spiffy blue berets in place against the wind.

The result was a soldering-gun marriage between a pager, a door opener, a TV remote, and a spiffy little computer chip that could store an organic chemistry textbook with room left over for the Oxford unabridged dictionary.

That one had an even spiffier paint job than the alien who'd come in with the guards.

Dressed spiffy -- new wig, dark hair long enough to tie back in a stub at the nape.

He turned and saw Andrew Case in a spiffy houndstooth jacket instead of Seth Garin in a pair of MotoKops Underoos decorated with reddish-orange blobs of Chef Boyardee sauce.