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jiffy (ˈdʒɪfɪ Pronunciation for jiffy or jiff (dʒɪf Pronunciation for jiff



Word forms:   plural jiffies, jiffs
  1. (informal) a very short time   ⇒ wait a jiffy

Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin


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= moment, second, flash, instant, twinkling, split second, trice, bat of an eye

Example Sentences Including 'jiffy'

' Revving up his twin-engine speedboat, he added:'I'll get you there in a jiffy.
Glasgow Herald (2002)
Almost in a jiffy , the BJP's internal squabbles seem to have been overcome.
Samachar (2004)
Besides other things, they are trained to sieve you out of the drink in a jiffy.
India Today (1998)
Even at this moment he had time to think: I bet Art whisked it off in a jiffy -- but this time, so did I.
Richard Francis PROSPECT HILL (2003)
Finally, satisfied with the result, she said, "Drop by when you've finished and I'll wipe it off in a jiffy.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)
He was waiting there with this loaded jiffy , waiting for the jeweller to come out.
Hugh Cornwell A MULTITUDE OF SINS: Golden Brown, The Stranglers and Strange Little Girls (2004)
If anybody'd rather have hot, I can boil the kettle in a jiffy.
MacLeod, Charlotte Something in the Water
The right cut is essential for a smart style that can be achieved in a jiffy.
Edmonton Sun (2003)


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