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

Definition of jiffy

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web And in a jiffy, as Mister might say, Ossifer is wielding the n-word. Barbara Ellis, The Know, "Review: Curious Theatre’s “Pass Over” puts violence against young black men at center stage," 14 Sep. 2019 If that makes your calves quake, don’t fear: There’s an elevator carved deep inside the rock, which can whisk you up 26 stories in a jiffy — leaving just 44 steps and a gift shop between you and the top of the 315-foot monolith. BostonGlobe.com, "Visiting Asheville? It’s like Brooklyn. But cooler.," 13 Sep. 2019 The shop uses liquid nitrogen to whip up a batch of your favorite frozen treat in a jiffy, then mix it with a myriad toppings, like Nutella, marshmallow cream, peaches, walnuts and much more. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's the scoop on National Ice Cream Day deals and freebies in Louisville," 3 June 2019 To focus the minds of both bankers and borrowers, if no deal can be cut within nine months—a jiffy by Indian legal standards—the firm is shut down and its equipment sold for scrap. The Economist, "The humbling of India’s tycoons," 19 Apr. 2018 So some rich guy gets to zip into the Loop in a jiffy. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Rahm’s dream of an express train to O’Hare is like a nightmare from Trump," 21 Feb. 2018 The home run to left, a line shot that left the park in a jiffy, accounted for just the third run Darvish had allowed to that point in October, after winning his first two starts. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "World Series: Yuli Gurriel surprised gesture toward Yu Darvish turned into focal point," 28 Oct. 2017 Built in a jiffy in 1891, that stadium served Baltimore’s first championship baseball team, which captured three straight National League pennants from 1894 to 1896. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "When the Orioles played at Union Park," 25 May 2017 South Broward and Miami-Dade shoppers can expect grocery deliveries and other goods in a jiffy as Amazon Prime Now opens a new processing hub in the Wynwood Arts District on Wednesday. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Amazon expands one-hour delivery with new Prime Now hub in Wynwood in Miami," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of jiffy

1779, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jiffy

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“Jiffy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiffy. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jiffy

informal : a very brief time


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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