Definition of nifty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈniftē/

adjective (niftier, niftiest)

1Particularly good, skillful, or effective: nifty footwork
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  • Left winger Richard Kingham then showed some nifty footwork for Baildon's fourth try, which Lister again improved.
  • That kind of nifty footwork might work against Darren Purse in the Premiership, John, but it won't work here.
  • What causes the balls to fly off these bats is a nifty bit of physics called the trampoline effect.
skillful, deft, agile, capable
useful, handy, practical
1.1Fashionable; stylish: a nifty black shirt
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  • One bloke who was wearing nifty black and blue shoes had a trick where he dropped down onto one hand.
  • Men's pieces included a nifty shirt with one side straight and the other side twisted, and sleeveless backless tops.
  • There is a nifty little kitchen range that comes in high-gloss black, which will, I hope, look rather smart.
fashionable, stylish, smart



Pronunciation: /ˈniftəlē/
Example sentences
  • The video monitor is accompanied by a very niftily painted hearse done in the artist's appealing graphic style.
  • The grandchildren of the original swing and ballroom dancers are now the ones demonstrating their niftily executed foxtrot or flamboyant lindy-hop routine.
  • He niftily circumvents the real issues, to do with educational content and assessment, and instead focuses on the abstract virtues of cleverness and hard work.


Pronunciation: /ˈniftēnəs/
Example sentences
  • In Brooks' last creation, Insomnia (a collaboration with Verdecchia), the meta-cleverness of word craft and the niftiness of stagecraft outweighed the play's affective power.
  • The charm and niftiness of her cooking is that it has coped with 20 years in Europe, America and Jamaica and been impressively adaptive.
  • For a little extra niftiness the characters gain Bouncer Points (essentially experience points) that can be saved up to enhance a character's physical attributes and to open special moves.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with nifty

fifty, fifty-fifty, shifty, swiftie, thrifty

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Syllabification: nif·ty

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