- attractively stylish or smart: a nifty new dress for Easter.
- very good; fine; excellent: a nifty idea.
- substantial; sizable: We sold the car for a nifty profit.
- something nifty, as a clever remark or joke.
Origin of nifty
Examples from the Web for nifty
Howell executed a nifty up and under in the post and suddenly it was 14-2.Native American Basketball Team in Wyoming Have Hoop Dreams Of Their Own
August 31, 2014
He used his strength to overwhelm defenders but he also had nifty footwork, soft hands, and was a beautiful passer.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
Not exactly a Bugaboo, sure, but it does have a nifty one-hand folding feature and weighs only 11 pounds.How Different Is Raising the Royal Baby From a Typical American Child?
Kevin Fallon, Lizzie Crocker
July 23, 2013
The Palestinian Authority just scored itself a nifty victory at the United Nations.Surprisingly Conciliatory Words from Mahmoud Abbas
December 1, 2012
When bits of sweetmeat lodged in the teeth, the sucket fork doubled as a nifty toothpick.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
Gad, that rose in your hair—trust a girl to know what's nifty!The Barrier
In a moment I had it girdled, and snapped the nifty sort of buckle they had made for me.The Trouble with Telstar
She carries that sort of thing well—she's so clean and nifty in line.Money Magic
I suppose a mountain climber would have called it a nifty job.Fore!
Charles Emmett Van Loan
It's part of my job to be a nifty young suspector—and to use what I guess at.The Rules of the Game
Stewart Edward White
- pleasing, apt, or stylish
- quick, agilehe's nifty on his feet
Word Origin and History for nifty
"smart, stylish," 1868, of unknown origin, perhaps theatrical slang, first attested in a poem by Bret Harte, who said it was a shortened, altered form of magnificat. Related: Niftily; niftiness.