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noun, plural jif·fies. Informal.
  1. a very short time; moment: to get dressed in a jiffy.
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Also jiff [jif] /dʒɪf/.

Origin of jiffy

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain


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British Dictionary definitions for jiffs'


jiff (dʒɪf)

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

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



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'


see under in a flash.

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