Definition of trice in English:

trice

Syllabification: trice
Pronunciation: /trīs
 
/

noun

(in phrase in a trice)
In a moment; very quickly.
More example sentences
  • It runs extremely quickly and can appear to vanish in a trice.
  • If only she'd said ‘All right - I'll go to Mass ‘, she'd have been out in a trice.’
  • As before, the facilitator grasped my objection in a trice, and even though I sense that she's inclined to side with the material, she gets it.
Synonyms
very soon, in a moment, in a second, in an instant, shortly, as soon as possible, pronto, any minute (now), in a short time, in no time, in less than no time, in a flash, before you know it, before long; momentarily, directly
informal ASAP, in a jiffy, in the twinkling of an eye, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, in a snap
dated anon
formal forthwith

Origin

late Middle English trice 'a tug', figuratively 'an instant', from Middle Dutch trīsen 'pull sharply', related to trīse 'pulley'.

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