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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TIFF, n. Liquor; or rather a small draught of liquor. [Vulgar.]
1. A pet or fit of peevishness.
[I know not where this word is used in the latter sense.]
TIFF, v.i. To be in a pet. [Low.]
TIFF, v.t. To dress. [Not in use.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a quarrel about petty points [syn: bicker, bickering, spat, tiff, squabble, pettifoggery, fuss]

Merriam Webster's

I. intransitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1700 to have a petty quarrel II. noun Date: 1754 a petty quarrel

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a slight or petty quarrel. 2 a fit of peevishness. Etymology: 18th c.: orig. unkn.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tiff 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tiff Tiff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tiffed; p. pr. & vb. n. Tiffing.] To be in a pet. She tiffed with Tim, she ran from Ralph. --Landor.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(tiffs) A tiff is a small unimportant quarrel, especially between two close friends or between people in a romantic relationship. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Pet, miff, rage, passion, fume, fit of anger, angry mood. II. v. n. (Rare.) Quarrel, wrangle, bicker, spar, jangle, have words, fall out, have an altercation, be at variance, be in a pet.

Moby Thesaurus

altercate, altercation, argument, bicker, bickering, blood feud, brawl, broil, caterwaul, contention, controversy, differ, difference of opinion, disagreement, dispute, donnybrook, donnybrook fair, dudgeon, embroilment, fall, falling-out, ferment, feud, fight, flite, fliting, fracas, fret, fume, fuss, have words, high dudgeon, huff, imbroglio, join issue, logomachy, miff, misunderstanding, open quarrel, pet, pique, polemic, quarrel, rhubarb, row, run-in, set to, sharp words, slanging match, snarl, spar, spat, squabble, stew, strife, tussle, vendetta, words, wrangle

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