jiffy

[jif-ee]
Also jiff [jif] /dʒɪf/.

Origin of jiffy

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain

Synonyms for jiffy

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British Dictionary definitions for jiffs'

jiffy

jiff (dʒɪf)

noun plural jiffies or jiffs
  1. informal a very short timewait a jiffy

Word Origin for jiffy

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jiffs'

jiffy

n.

1785, "a moment, an instant," colloquial, origin unknown; said to be originally thieves' slang for "lightning."

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Idioms and Phrases with jiffs'

jiffy

see under in a flash.

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