nifty

adjective
nif·​ty | \ ˈnif-tē \
niftier; niftiest

Definition of nifty

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

nifty

noun
plural nifties

Definition of nifty (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from nifty

Adjective

niftily \ 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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On top of that, the little Kona EV also sported a rather nifty Smart Regeneration System that uses the car's cruise control radar to maximize energy recuperation when following other cars. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995," 14 Dec. 2018 Decked out with modern looks and nifty features, the 2019 Volvo XC40 compact SUV was designed for young professionals who can’t imagine why anybody would want to drive off-road. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Review: Volvo loads up XC40 compact SUV with nifty features," 8 June 2018 Besides, who doesn't want a nifty accessory to make their task a little more fun? Sally Tamarkin, SELF, "22 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day," 3 Jan. 2019 Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald gave the Bulldogs the advantage on a nifty 33-yard touchdown run , his 100th career score rushing or passing. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Iowa rallies past No. 18 Mississippi State in Outback Bowl," 2 Jan. 2019 The Shortcuts feature is particularly nifty, especially if users can develop a morning routine around it. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Volkswagen now lets Apple users unlock their car with Siri," 12 Nov. 2018 That’s a nifty doubleheader: nodding to Nigeria’s first team to qualify for a World Cup and being trend leaders at the same time. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "A Fashion Expert and a Football Expert Had a Conversation About World Cup Kits," 15 June 2018 The Dodgers’ defense also contributed to the woes with several nifty plays, including Cody Bellinger’s full-stretch, diving catch of Lorenzo Cain’s sinking liner leading off the 10th. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Power outage: Brewers’ bats struggle in 13-inning loss," 17 Oct. 2018 An opportunity for a third would fall to United 10 minutes later, but Lingard would shoot wide after creating space with some nifty footwork at the top of the box. SI.com, "Man Utd 2-0 Swansea: Red Devils Climb Back Above Liverpool With Routine Home Win Over Swans," 31 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The lone goal of the match was scored by Inda-Felix, who put the ball in the lower left corner of the net following a nifty through pass from Mike Robles. Dave Mendonca, The Mercury News, "Willow Glen, Rose Garden: Lincoln boys open CCS soccer playoffs with back-to-back shutout wins," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of nifty

Adjective

1865, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nifty

Adjective

origin unknown

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The first known use of nifty was in 1865

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nifty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nifty

informal + somewhat old-fashioned : very good, useful, or attractive

nifty

adjective
nif·​ty | \ ˈnif-tē \
niftier; niftiest

Kids Definition of nifty

: very unusual and attractive a nifty outfit

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