jiffy

noun
jif·​fy | \ ˈji-fē How to pronounce jiffy (audio) \
plural jiffies

Definition of jiffy

informal
: a very short period of time : moment, instant sense 1 ready in a jiffy Their troubles were all over in a jiffy.— Roald Dahl A small restaurant offering good Vietnamese food in a jiffy.New Times (Phoenix, Arizona)

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Examples of jiffy in a Sentence

I'll be there in a jiffy.
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First Known Use of jiffy

1779, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jiffy

origin unknown

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“Jiffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiffy. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for jiffy

jiffy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jiffy

: a very brief time : moment

jiffy

noun
jif·​fy | \ ˈji-fē How to pronounce jiffy (audio) \
plural jiffies

Kids Definition of jiffy

: moment sense 1 I'll be there in a jiffy.

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