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.
Recent Examples on the Web The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy. cleveland, "2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation (review)," 15 Aug. 2020 The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy. cleveland, "2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation (review)," 15 Aug. 2020 The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy. cleveland, "2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation (review)," 15 Aug. 2020 The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy. cleveland, "2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation (review)," 15 Aug. 2020 The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy. cleveland, "2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation (review)," 15 Aug. 2020 The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy. cleveland, "2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation (review)," 15 Aug. 2020 The final piece of the puzzle arrived earlier this year in the 2020 Encore GX, an appealing small SUV sure to become Buick’s best seller in a jiffy. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Buick Encore GX small SUV completes the brand’s transformation," 6 Aug. 2020 Pro now comes with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor standard, which should enable Pro workflows in a jiffy. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Apple announces upgrades to the 27’ iMac, including faster performance, a 1080p webcam, and better speakers," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of jiffy

1779, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jiffy

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25 Oct 2020

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“Jiffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jiffy. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for jiffy

jiffy

noun
How to pronounce jiffy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jiffy

informal : a very brief time

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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