Definitions for: Tiff

[n] petty quarrel

Webster (1913) Definition: Tiff, n. [Originally, a sniff, sniffing; cf. Icel. ?efr a
smell, ?efa to sniff, Norw. tev a drawing in of the breath,
teva to sniff, smell, dial. Sw. t["u]v smell, scent, taste.]
1. Liquor; especially, a small draught of liquor. ``Sipping
his tiff of brandy punch.'' --Sir W. Scott.

2. A fit of anger or peevishness; a slight altercation or
contention. See Tift. --Thackeray.

Tiff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tiffed; p. pr. & vb. n.
To be in a pet.

She tiffed with Tim, she ran from Ralph. --Landor.

Tiff, v. t. [OE. tiffen, OF. tiffer, tifer, to bedizen;
cf. D. tippen to clip the points or ends of the hair, E. tip,
To deck out; to dress. [Obs.] --A. Tucker.

Synonyms: bicker, bickering, fuss, spat, squabble

See Also: dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle

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