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nifty

adjective nif·ty \ ˈnif-tē \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of nifty

niftier; niftiest
: very good : very attractive : fine
  • nifty clothes

niftily

play \ˈnif-tə-lē\ adverb

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

origin unknown

nifty Synonyms

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, excellent, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate

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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

Recent Examples of nifty from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nifty.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nifty

1918


NIFTY Defined for English Language Learners

nifty

adjective

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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