jiffy


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jif·fy

 (jĭf′ē)
n. pl. jif·fies Informal
A short space of time; a moment. See Synonyms at moment.

[Origin unknown.]

jiffy

(ˈdʒɪfɪ) or

jiff

n, pl jiffies or jiffs
informal a very short time: wait a jiffy.
[C18: of unknown origin]

jif•fy

(ˈdʒɪf i)

also jiff

(dʒɪf)

n., pl. jif•fies also jiffs. Informal.
a very short time; moment; instant: to get dressed in a jiffy.
[1770–80]

jiffy

- An actual unit of time, .01 seconds.
See also related terms for seconds.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jiffy - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)jiffy - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
mo, moment, second, minute, bit - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"

jiffy

noun (Informal) moment, second, flash, instant, twinkling, split second, trice, bat of an eye (informal) I'll have this truck fixed in a jiffy.

jiffy

noun
Informal. A very brief time:
Informal: jiff.
Chiefly British: tick.
Translations
لَحْظَه، في لَحْظَه
okamžik
i løbet af nul komma fem
augnablik
acumirklismirklis
anlâhza

jiffy

[ˈdʒɪfɪ] Nmomento m, segundo m
in a jiffyen un santiamén, en un momento, en un segundito (LAm)
to do sth in a jiffyhacer algo en un santiamén or momento
wait a jiffyespera un momentito, momentito (LAm), ahorita voy (Mex)

jiffy

[ˈdʒɪfi] n
in a jiffy → en un clin d'œilJiffy bag® nenveloppe f matelassée

jiffy

, jiff
n (inf)Minütchen nt (inf); I won’t be a jiffyich komme sofort or gleich; (= back soon)ich bin sofort or gleich wieder da; wait a jiffy!Augenblick (mal)! (inf); in a jiffysofort, gleich

jiffy

[ˈdʒɪfɪ] n (fam) in a jiffyin un baleno, in un batter d'occhio
wait a jiffy → aspetta un attimo

jiffy

(ˈdʒifi) noun
a moment. I'll be back in a jiffy.
References in classic literature ?
cried the three girls, as Snodgrass led her friend triumphantly forth, and producing both a chair and a badge, installed him in a jiffy.
Why, sold off in a jiffy, and no character, and I might find myself slaved about under a butcher's boy, or worked to death at some seaside place where no one cared for me, except to find out how fast I could go, or be flogged along in some cart with three or four great men in it going out for a Sunday spree, as I have often seen in the place I lived in before I came here; no," said he, shaking his head, "I hope I shall never come to that.
But they were off in a jiffy, those villains, and we after them, down through the woods.
She thinks that we are a couple of fools who have mismanaged our own business, and that she, having managed so well for herself, can settle us in a jiffy.
In a jiffy I had slipped over the side and curled up in the fore-sheets of the nearest boat, and almost at the same moment she shoved off.
If we had been told to load a herd of cattle on a steamer, our method would have been to hire a Hagenbeck to train the cattle for a couple of years, so that they would know enough to walk aboard of the ship when he gave the signal; but to-day, if we had to ship cattle, we would know enough to make a greased chute and slide them on board in a jiffy.
While they were talking, Robin had been nimbly changing clothes with the old woman, through the window, and in a jiffy he stood forth complete, even to the spindle and twine.
First of all it was up wid the windy in a jiffy, and thin she threw open her two peepers to the itmost, and thin it was a little gould spy-glass that she clapped tight to one o' them and divil may burn me if it didn't spake to me as plain as a peeper cud spake, and says it, through the spy-glass: "Och
We could make the tour of it in a jiffy," added Kennedy, "and, excepting these confounded mosquitoes, there's not a living being to be seen on it.
Eureka stuck up her nose at such food, but the tiny piglets squealed delightedly at the sight of the crackers and ate them up in a jiffy.
Wait a jiffy," called the Woozy, and then it went to a tree and hugged it with its front paws, so that its body couldn't be dragged around by the pull.
In a jiffy I was trussed up as neatly as you might wish.