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jiffy

[ jif-ee ]
/ ˈdʒɪf i /
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noun, plural jif·fies.Informal.

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 jiffy

jiffy

jiff (dʒɪf)

/ (ˈdʒɪfɪ) /

noun plural jiffies or jiffs

informal a very short timewait a jiffy

Word Origin for jiffy

C18: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with jiffy

jiffy

see under in a flash.

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