tiff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tiff a quarrel about petty points
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tiff A fit of anger or peevishness; a slight altercation or contention. See Tift.
    • Tiff Liquor; especially, a small draught of liquor. "Sipping his tiff of brandy punch."
    • v. i Tiff To be in a pet. "She tiffed with Tim, she ran from Ralph."
    • v. t Tiff To deck out; to dress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tiff A local name for the calcite occurring with the zinc and lead deposits of Joplin, Missouri.
    • tiff To dress; deck; array.
    • n tiff Set; attitude.
    • tiff To sip; drink.
    • tiff To lunch.
    • n tiff A draught of liquor; a “drop”: as, a tiff of brandy.
    • n tiff Thin or small beer.
    • tiff To be in a pet; be peevish or quarrelsome.
    • n tiff A petty quarrel or misunderstanding; a slight pet, or fit of peevishness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Tiff tif to sip, quaff
    • n Tiff a dram
    • v.t Tiff tif (obs.) to dress, trick out.
    • v.i Tiff tif to be in a pet—-n: a display of irritation, a pet, huff
    • Tiff Also Tift
    • v.i Tiff to take lunch—Tiff′in is less correct
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. tüv, smell, scent, taste
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Prov. Eng. tiff, a draught of beer.

Usage

In literature:

They deal with tiffs and slights and rebuffs.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
Him and her must have had a tiff, for he left early.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
They've had a little tiff, and they say they'll never speak to one another again.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Jack was very despondent, and had had some tiff with Eva.
"The Fixed Period" by Anthony Trollope
This is a tiff; he'd soon talk 'em out of it if he had the chance, and what I propose to do is to give him the chance.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We had a tiff, and he went off to Monte, all on his little lone.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Did you have a tiff?
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
I had another tiff with Frederick Augustus, but the cause is too insignificant to deserve record.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Tiffs End properly in marriage and a dance!
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Our commerce with South America is scarcely beyond the point it had reached before our week-end tiff with Spain.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
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In poetry:

President Hoover
Felt in need of a soother
After his little tiff
With Governor Al Smith.
"Clerihew – Hoover" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Off shoo flew an left me bi misen,
An aw swoller'd mi teah in a sniff,
An aw crept up to bed, thear an then,--
For aw knew shoo'd come back in a tiff.
"A Pair O' Black Een" by John Hartley
If we're blest wi' a bairn, we mun ne'er be put aght,
If it shows us its tempers an tiffs;
Soa Jenny, have patience, for th' change i' thi state,
Depends varry mich on theas "Ifs."
"If" by John Hartley

In news:

Bruce Willis says the opening film of TIFF, ' Looper ,' is unlike any other SciFi film.
LGBTQ Community More Than Black & White: Tiff Gonzales, Defining Fairness.
Hamptons "Housewives" Tiff Got Physical.
TIFF '12: On Spectacle, Scenery And Swoonery.
Catalog #: 8-D307 Your Price: $91.00 Digital: Yes Format: TIFF.
A tiff on the farmers market board has caused some tension among market vendors.
A different kind of Playbook for TIFF ending.
Recent news and coverage of Tiff .
TIFF 2013 set for March 13-17 in Thailand.
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What's a City Without a Tiff .
Tiff 's keeps food moving with conveyor ovens.
Tiff is beautiful and Verse Simmonds is handsome, but there's no "boo thang" situation going on here.
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In science:

HST press release images were taken from high resolution TIFF images created by the STScI OPO group4 .
Sky in Google Earth: The Next Frontier in Astronomical Data Discovery and Visualization
Prior to our experiments, each image was converted to an unprocessed TIFF format (using dcraw) and only the red color channel was used.
Statistical Detection of LSB Matching Using Hypothesis Testing Theory
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