- 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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- informal a very short timewait a jiffy
C18: of unknown origin
Word Origin and History for jiffs'
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 jiffs'
see under in a flash.
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