Definition of Jiffy

1. Noun. 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"

Exact synonyms: Blink Of An Eye, Flash, Heartbeat, Instant, New York Minute, Split Second, Trice, Twinkling, Wink
Generic synonyms: Bit, Minute, Mo, Moment, Second
Derivative terms: Flash

Definition of Jiffy

1. n. A moment; an instant; as, I will be ready in a jiffy.

Definition of Jiffy

1. Noun. (colloquial) A very short, unspecified length of time. ¹

2. Noun. (computing) A unit of time defined by the frequency of its basic timer; historically, and by convention, 0.01 seconds, but some operating systems use other values. ¹

3. Noun. (physics) The time taken for light to travel one centimetre in a vacuum (sometimes one foot, or sometimes the width of a nucleon) ¹

4. Noun. (electronics) The time between alternating current power cycles (1/60 or 1/50 of a second) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Jiffy

1. a short time [n -FIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jiffy

jibs
jicama
jicamas
jicara
jicaras
jichimu
jickajog
jickajogs
jidaigeki
jidaigekis
jidder
jidders
jiff
jiffies
jiffs
jiffy (current term)
jig
jig-jig
jig borer
jig borers
jig saw
jigaboo
jigaboos
jigajig
jigajigs
jigajog
jigajogs
jigamaree
jigamarees
jigga-jigga

Literary usage of Jiffy

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1. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule (1891)
"... trencher- fly, trencher-mate. 3. Food, pleasures of the table. Trice, я. Moment, instant, second, jiffy, twinkling, twinkling of an eye ..."

2. A Word a Day, Grades 1-3 by Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Susan Rose Simms, Sarita Chavez Silverman, Evan-Moor Corporation (2002)
"accomplishment noun An accomplishment is something that has been done with success. jiffy noun A jiffy is a very short amount of time. ..."

3. EMF Electrical Year Book by Electrical Trade Publishing Company (1921)
"jiffy.—Trade name for current tap and twin socket manufactured by the Esler Electric ... jiffy.—Trade name for adjustable cutters, loom clamps and other ..."

4. Crabb's English Synonyms by George Crabb (1917)
"TRICE, jiffy. Trice is s Scandinavian word, but the phrase in a trice is imitated from Spanish en ... jiffy is a somewhat colloquial word of unknown origin. ..."

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