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nif·​ty ˈnif-tē How to pronounce nifty (audio)
niftier; niftiest
informal : very good: such as
: very attractive or appealing
nifty clothes
Jon Gnagy was an artist—you could tell this by the nifty goatee he wore …Andy Meisler
: very pleasant or enjoyable
a nifty performance
… this barrier isle off North Carolina's southernmost coast still provides a nifty getaway.Spike Gillespie
The Smithereens consistently present nifty, driving songs, quite involved by pop standards.David Hiltbrand
: very interesting or clever : ingenious
a nifty device
The museum's gift shop is well-stocked, complete with a nifty machine that, for $1, will crush a fresh penny into a copper medal bearing the likeness of T. Rex.Carl Wayne Arrington
Some investors are catching on to a nifty tax-saving trick allowable by Roth IRA rules.Karen Hube
: well-executed
A fan leaned out of the stands and made a nifty grab of the ricochet, and received a nice round of applause.George Vecsay
niftily adverb
Harrison is an upwardly mobile … young man with a wife, son and a niftily restored house in San Francisco. John J. O'Connor


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plural nifties
: something that is nifty
especially : a clever or neatly turned phrase or joke

Examples of nifty in a Sentence

Adjective a nifty pair of shoes This nifty little machine can do just about anything. Noun though ostensibly a drama, the play is filled with zingy little nifties that lighten the mood that joke was a nifty
Recent Examples on the Web
Crisp routes and nifty gloves aside, Pearsall battled through practices the past two weeks in a non-contact jersey because of unspecified soreness. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 7 June 2024 To see how much Delta baggage fees will be based on your route, plug your flight information into the website's nifty fee calculator. Alex Schechter, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2024
The bleeding continued at 15:05 of the first when Kotkaniemi made it 2-0 with a nifty backhand tuck at the base of the left post. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 25 Nov. 2022 His next points came via a nifty behind-the-back pass from Orlando Lovejoy on a fastbreak which led to an easy layup for Bates. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 12 Nov. 2022 See all Example Sentences for nifty 

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1865, in the meaning defined above


1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nifty was in 1865

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“Nifty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


niftier; niftiest
: very good : very attractive
nifty noun

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