- a very short time; moment: to get dressed in a jiffy.
Also jiff [jif] /dʒɪf/.
Origin of jiffy
First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain
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instant, flash, second, trice.
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Examples from the Web for jiff
You go an' wash your 'ands, an' I'll 'ave your dinner up in 'alf a jiff!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
"Begorra, but ye are right, Jiff," was the hearty response of the Irishman.Klondike Nuggets
E. S. Ellis
Mrs. Jiff always “forgot to bring” her own comb and hair brush.Ruth Hall
I'll be back in a jiff, and supper'll be ready's soon I can git it.The Golden Boys and Their New Electric Cell
L. P. Wyman
“Some of the hands would like to see you for half a jiff, Mr. Wade,” said he.
- informal a very short timewait a jiffy
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jiff
1797, short for jiffy.
1785, "a moment, an instant," colloquial, origin unknown; said to be originally thieves' slang for "lightning."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with jiff
see under in a flash.
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