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jiffy Line breaks: jiffy
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪfi/

Definition of jiffy in English:


[in singular] informal
A very short time; a moment: we’ll be back in a jiffy
More example sentences
  • This is the sort of movie that will either keep you enthralled at each moment or send you to sleep in a jiffy.
  • After all, it's the very industry that gave us the concept of ‘quick and dirty’ - you know, solutions conjured up in a jiffy to meet the pressing needs of customers.
  • On display was the Honda fireblade, a 929 cc, four - cylinder bike that can propel the rider to a top speed of 280 km per hour in a jiffy.
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
British informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo
North American informal in a snap, in jig time
archaic anon


Late 18th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with jiffy

cliffy, iffy, Liffey, niffy, sniffy, spiffy, squiffy, whiffy
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