jiffy

noun

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

Examples of jiffy in a Sentence

I'll be there in a jiffy.
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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jiffy was in 1779

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“Jiffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiffy. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

jiffy

noun
jif·​fy ˈjif-ē How to pronounce jiffy (audio)
plural jiffies
informal
: moment sense 1, instant
in a jiffy

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