A tiff is a minor, relatively unimportant argument or fight. A tiff with your brother might start over the subject of whose turn it is to take out the trash.

It's no fun to have a tiff with someone, but it's usually resolved or forgotten easily. When you have a tiff with a friend, it's inevitably a squabble over some silly topic, and if you bicker with your boyfriend, you can call it a "lovers' tiff." In the 1700s, a tiff was an "outburst of temper," from an unknown source. Some word experts suggest the word echoes the sound of a "puff of air or gas."

Definitions of tiff

n a quarrel about petty points

bicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble
Type of:
dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words, wrangle
an angry dispute

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