Definition of jiffy in English:


Syllabification: jif·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈjifē
(also jiff)


[in singular] informal
  • A moment: we’ll be back in a jiffy
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    • Plus if we can read the minute print on newspapers in a jiffy, what's the difficulty with a small watchface?
    • This is the sort of movie that will either keep you enthralled at each moment or send you to sleep in a jiffy.
    • Try this Nobel Great, an anagram of ‘Stern Alien I Bet,’ that one team cracked in a jiffy.


late 18th century: of unknown origin.

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