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nifty

adjective nif·ty \ ˈnif-tē \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of nifty

niftier; niftiest
informal : very good: such as
a : very attractive or appealing
  • nifty clothes
  • Jon Gnagy was an artist—you could tell this by the nifty goatee he wore …
  • —Andy Meisler
b : 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
c : 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
d : 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

play \ˈnif-tə-lē\ adverb
    • Harrison is an upwardly mobile … young man with a wife, son and a niftily restored house in San Francisco.
    • —John J. O'Connor

Examples of nifty in a Sentence

  1. a nifty pair of shoes

  2. This nifty little machine can do just about anything.

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Origin and Etymology of nifty

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nifty

noun

Definition of nifty

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

Examples of nifty in a Sentence

  1. though ostensibly a drama, the play is filled with zingy little nifties that lighten the mood

  2. that joke was a nifty

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First Known Use of nifty

1918

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NIFTY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of nifty for English Language Learners

  • : very good, useful, or attractive


NIFTY Defined for Kids

nifty

adjective nif·ty \ ˈnif-tē \

Definition of nifty for Students

niftier; niftiest
: very unusual and attractive
  • a nifty outfit


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