a) Very good, excellent.

Were having a picnic at the races — how spiffing!

b) Smart or appealing in dress or appearance.

I say, that outfit is simply spiffing.

Syn: jolly good, spiffy

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  • spiffing — A WASPish exclamation of approval. A. Buffy, what do you say to cocktails at the country club? B. Spiffing! …   Dictionary of american slang

  • spiffing — Adj. Excellent, first rate. Somewhat archaic expression perpetuated by humourous use when mimicking upper class behaviour. E.g. We had an absolutely spiffing time, thanks mainly to Lord Ponsonby s generous gift of! …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • spiffing — v. make attractive; give something a polished appearance n. charm; attractive or polished appearance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spiffing — adjective Brit. informal, dated excellent; splendid. Origin C19: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • spiffing — adjective BrE old fashioned excellent …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • spiffing — spiff·ing …   English syllables

  • spiffing — UK [ˈspɪfɪŋ] / US adjective British informal old fashioned very good, or enjoyable …   English dictionary

  • spiffing — /ˈspɪfɪŋ/ (say spifing) adjective British Colloquial first rate; excellent. {origin uncertain; ? related to spiffy} …   Australian English dictionary

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