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 ?
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!
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."
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.
"I'll fix it in half a jiffy if you'll lend a hand."
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.
"Well, I care nought about it--it will make little difference to me what you do or where you go; but I'm cool now--I want to dance again; and I see such a fine girl sitting in the corner of the sofa there by her mamma; see if I don't get her for a partner in a jiffy! There's Waddy--Sam Waddy making up to her; won't I cut him out?"
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.
"And haven't you traveled from Oz to Kansas in less than half a jiffy, by means of the Silver Shoes and the Magic Belt?"
"All right, then, baby Billy; I'll be through in a jiffy."
Jo, how could you?" cried the three girls, as Snodgrass led her friend triumphantly forth, and producing both a chair and a badge, installed him in a jiffy.
This string would be twenty or thirty feet long, but the woman would have it all on in a jiffy; and when she had several on, she would press a lever, and a stream of sausage meat would be shot out, taking the casing with it as it came.
But they were off in a jiffy, those villains, and we after them, down through the woods.