nifty

[ nif-tee ]
/ ˈnɪf ti /
Informal.

adjective, nif·ti·er, nif·ti·est.

attractively stylish or smart: a nifty new dress for Easter.
very good; fine; excellent: a nifty idea.
substantial; sizable: We sold the car for a nifty profit.

noun, plural nif·ties.

something nifty, as a clever remark or joke.

Origin of nifty

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; of obscure origin

Related forms

nif·ti·ly, adverb
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nifty

/ (ˈnɪftɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest informal

pleasing, apt, or stylish
quick, agilehe's nifty on his feet

Derived Forms

niftily, adverbniftiness, noun

Word Origin for nifty

C19: of uncertain origin
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