jiff

jiffy

[jif-ee]
noun, plural jiffies. Informal.
a very short time; moment: to get dressed in a jiffy.
Also, jiff [jif] .


Origin:
1770–80; origin uncertain


instant, flash, second, trice.
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jiffy or jiff (ˈdʒɪfɪ, dʒɪf)
 
n , pl jiffies, jiffs
informal a very short time: wait a jiffy
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
jiff or jiff
 
n
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

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jiffy
1785, "a moment, an instant," colloquial, origin unknown; said to be originally thieves' slang for "lightning."
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jiff
jiffy (that is, a very brief period of time)
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