Definition of jiffy in US English:



  • A moment.

    ‘we'll be back in a jiffy’
    • ‘It's some weird bug, and I'm sure it'll be fixed up in a jiffy.’
    • ‘As box-office receipts have proven that he is no longer infallible, it should be a breeze to walk up to him and become his friend in a jiffy!’
    • ‘Blog surfers can sniff out insincerity in a jiffy.’
    • ‘Recommended software upgrades can be brought down in a jiffy.’
    • ‘But a scolding from Ms. Gopi did the trick, and every one, child and parent, hastened to set matters right, and cleared the litter in a jiffy.’
    • ‘If one wanted a different look, perspective or elevation, it's done in a jiffy on readymade steel frames by hundreds of skilled workers at hand.’
    • ‘On display was the Honda fireblade, a 929 cc, four - cylinder bike that can propel the rider to a top speed of 280 km per hour in a jiffy.’
    • ‘That ruffles feathers on a council whose performance most Monday nights, let's be honest, will fix the insomnia that's troubling you in a jiffy.’
    • ‘This is the sort of movie that will either keep you enthralled at each moment or send you to sleep in a jiffy.’
    • ‘If you have athlete's foot, you need to go see a chemist and get an antifungal cream, which will clear it up in a jiffy.’
    • ‘Maintenance Man tells me he'll be up to my office in a jiffy.’
    • ‘After all, it's the very industry that gave us the concept of ‘quick and dirty’ - you know, solutions conjured up in a jiffy to meet the pressing needs of customers.’
    very soon, soon, in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, directly, any second, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in no time at all, in less than no time, before you know it, before long
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Late 18th century: of unknown origin.