[ jif-ee ]
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noun,plural jif·fies.Informal.
  1. a very short time; moment: to get dressed in a jiffy.

Origin of jiffy

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain
  • Also jiff [jif]. /dʒɪf/.

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British Dictionary definitions for jiffy


jiff (dʒɪf)

/ (ˈdʒɪfɪ) /

nounplural jiffies or jiffs
  1. informal a very short time: wait a jiffy

Origin of jiffy

C18: of unknown origin

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Other Idioms and Phrases with jiffy


see under in a flash.

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