Definition of nifty in English:



  • 1Particularly good, skilful, or effective.

    ‘nifty footwork’
    • ‘And then I logged in and did some nifty Internet stuff, including joining the blogs by women webring.’
    • ‘The pre-budget package was a rather nifty piece of electioneering, and helped steal the thunder of the opposition parties.’
    • ‘What causes the balls to fly off these bats is a nifty bit of physics called the trampoline effect.’
    • ‘Well, this nifty item lets you track the American popularity of different names over the decades.’
    • ‘His stage performance includes stories, songs and nifty guitar playing, all spiced with his characteristic sense of humour.’
    • ‘Ben and Mena are nice people and deserve to be compensated for providing me with this nifty bit of software for free.’
    • ‘The lightweight nifty centre forward found himself opposed by a rugged hardtackling centre back who asked no questions.’
    • ‘It is forcing me to get out and do things I've been putting off, like going to Bennett's Lane on a Sunday for some pretty nifty jazz.’
    • ‘I discovered a really nifty idea about swimming/snorkeling with baby when I took my oldest with me to Hawaii.’
    • ‘Left winger Richard Kingham then showed some nifty footwork for Baildon's fourth try, which Lister again improved.’
    • ‘Enigma is well acted and is certainly based on a nifty concept, but does not add up to the sum of its parts.’
    • ‘The final nifty characteristic of blogs that I discussed was the personal nature of the writing.’
    • ‘Others are no more than a handful of true believers with a nifty website.’
    • ‘That kind of nifty footwork might work against Darren Purse in the Premiership, John, but it won't work here.’
    • ‘So it was a nifty move that the DeLorean Motor Company was opened in Northern Ireland with the help of a big chunk of UK taxpayer's money.’
    • ‘Any con artist would appreciate the bait-and-switch as a nifty piece of work.’
    • ‘Third was the climax of The Karate Kid, in which Ralph Macchio snatches championship victory with a few nifty moves.’
    • ‘But it does make use of the rather nifty dynamic text replacement routine for the headings and sub-headings on each page.’
    • ‘It has a nifty guide called ‘How Parliament Works’ and another on the role of the Speaker.’
    • ‘And though the wine list is overflowing, there is a nifty numbered guide to help you find the right wine to complement your menu choices.’
    skilful, capable, agile
    useful, effective, practical
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    1. 1.1Attractive or stylish.
      ‘a nifty black shirt’
      • ‘Nothing beats unwrapping a nifty new gadget at Christmas.’
      • ‘Men's pieces included a nifty shirt with one side straight and the other side twisted, and sleeveless backless tops.’
      • ‘They rely on their nifty little gadgets and superior technology to win wars.’
      • ‘The car's interior is very stylo-mylo, and it has one of those nifty steering wheel controlled stereo systems.’
      • ‘Dan bought this nifty device from an orthopedic store downtown.’
      • ‘TV fans who are planning to go to Japan for their next holiday should put this nifty gadget on their shopping list.’
      • ‘For all that, I have to say it's a rather nifty little product.’
      • ‘Yeah, stand over there and mock me with your nifty frames.’
      • ‘We need lots of nifty graphics to impress the unwashed masses of the gaming press and the coke snorting suits who're paying us to make a game.’
      • ‘One bloke who was wearing nifty black and blue shoes had a trick where he dropped down onto one hand.’
      • ‘A girl like this will definitely be into trying some nifty things.’
      • ‘I even had a nifty little hand-operated gadget that whisked egg and milk.’
      • ‘You too could have one of these nifty logos, if you follow my orders and head over the brand new Liberty Dogs blog.’
      • ‘You wouldn't know that from the nifty little changing picture on top of Ms. Hunter's webpage.’
      • ‘There is a nifty little kitchen range that comes in high-gloss black, which will, I hope, look rather smart.’
      • ‘Also, he has a platform with nifty bullet points, some of which he probably came up with while actually on his meds.’
      • ‘It has everything that makes a spy show great; hot chicks, nifty gadgets, and cliffhanger endings.’
      • ‘The atmosphere is upbeat, and there's all kinds of nifty geek toys and gadgets to be found down every aisle.’
      • ‘It's got everything a good spy show needs; a hot chick, intrigue, the CIA, nifty gadgets, and cliffhanger endings.’
      • ‘BMW has commissioned some very nifty six-minute film clips for its site, helmed by juicy directorial talent.’
      fashionable, stylish, smart
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Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.