noun[in singular] • informal
- A moment: we’ll be back in a jiffyMore example sentences
very soon, soon, in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, directly, any second, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in no time at all, in less than no time, before you know it, before long; North American momentarily• informal in a sec, in a nanosecond, in a jif, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knifeBritish • informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo• archaic anon
- 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.