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tiffy, noun

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Also tiffie.
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British EnglishShow more Transferred uses of British English tiffy an engine room artisan (Royal Navy slang, from late 1890s).
military slang
1. In the defence forces, a member of the Technical Services Corps, a mechanic.
1975 J.H. Picard in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.6 May 37In the workshops some of the technicians or tiffies may feel sterk about their girl-friends at home.
1989 You 6 Apr. 7Everybody wants to be drivers, tiffies, medics and so on, and nobody wants to be a chef.
2. Used loosely, with defining words to designate men with particular occupations in the forces:
kop-tiffy /ˈkɔp-/ [Afrikaans kop head], a psychiatrist, people-tiffy or pill-tiffy, a doctor or medical official;
pot-tiffy, an army cook;
soul-tiffy, a chaplain, teeth-tiffy, a dentist, etc.
1978 A.P. Brink Rumours of Rain 318When church parade was called the Sunday morning...There was a new soul-tiffy to do the job for us. You know, we used to call the mechanics ‘tiffies’, so the doctor was a ‘cock-tiffy’ and the chaplain a ‘soul-tiffy’.
1988 Cape Times 25 June 19They should have strekked one of the gun-tiffies, who is a total vuil uil.
In the defence forces, a member of the Technical Services Corps, a mechanic.

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