GIF

noun
\ ˈgif How to pronounce GIF (audio) , ˈjif How to pronounce GIF (audio) \
plural GIFs

Definition of GIF

: a computer file format for the compression and storage of visual digital information also : an image or video stored in this format Using emoji, emoticons and GIFs in a texted conversation instantly signals the difference between sincerity and a joke or sarcasm. — Jenna Wortham

First Known Use of GIF

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for GIF

graphics interchange format

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“GIF.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/GIF. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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