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jiffy

[jif-ee] /ˈdʒɪf i/
noun, plural jiffies. Informal.
1.
a very short time; moment:
to get dressed in a jiffy.
Also, jiff [jif] /dʒɪf/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; origin uncertain
Synonyms
instant, flash, second, trice.
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British Dictionary definitions for jiff

jiffy

/ˈdʒɪfɪ/
noun (pl) jiffies, jiffs
1.
(informal) a very short time: wait a jiffy
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jiff
n.

1797, short for jiffy.

jiffy

n.

1785, "a moment, an instant," colloquial, origin unknown; said to be originally thieves' slang for "lightning."

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Related Abbreviations for jiff

jiff

jiffy (that is, a very brief period of time)
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Idioms and Phrases with jiff

jiffy

see under in a flash
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