nifty

adjective
nif·​ty | \ ˈnif-tē How to pronounce nifty (audio) \
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 How to pronounce niftily (audio) \ 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

Washington then put a nifty inside move on Brandon Marshall and was wide open for a catch. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders practice report: With Brown out, Carr spreads targets around," 3 Aug. 2019 The Quakes drew first blood on a nifty bang-bang play in the 20th minute. Michael Lewis, The Mercury News, "Wondo scores at Yankee Stadium, but Quakes lose again," 14 Sep. 2019 BenQ’s control puck for managing the OSD is nifty, too. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Finding the best gaming monitors you can buy in 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 In the first inning, Friendswood turned a nifty 6-3-5 double play to end the inning. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood Blue 7U Pinto All-Stars bag Blue Division’s top seed for Sunday’s title round," 13 July 2019 In a nifty example of cross-promotion, MTM characters talked about going to the wedding on their show and Moore, Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Cloris Leachman and Georgia Engel attended the big event, held in Rhoda’s parents’ apartment. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Valerie Harper, TV's Rhoda Morgenstern, Dies at 80," 30 Aug. 2019 Not because there’s a nifty tag scene, Marvel-style. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "'Hitsville: The Making of Motown' Is Stylish, Slick and Safe," 23 Aug. 2019 The start and select buttons have nifty + and - symbols next to them to indicate their use on the Switch, and there are still Home and screenshot buttons onboard. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: The best Nintendo Switch accessories you can buy in 2019," 21 Aug. 2019 Nvidia wants everyone to know that those nifty graphics features AMD and Intel have been touting are cute, but watch this. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia's massive Gamescom Game Ready driver improves performance, latency and sharpness," 20 Aug. 2019

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 How to pronounce nifty (audio) \
niftier; niftiest

Kids Definition of nifty

: very unusual and attractive a nifty outfit

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