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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: 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" [syn: blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minute]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural jiffies) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1779 moment, instant <ready in a jiffy>

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Jiffy Jif"fy, n. [Perh. corrupt. fr. gliff.] [Written also giffy.] A moment; an instant; as, I will be ready in a jiffy. [Colloq.] --J. & H. Smith.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you say that you will do something in a jiffy, you mean that you will do it very quickly or very soon. (INFORMAL) PHRASE: PHR after v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. (Colloq.) Instant, moment, second, twinkling, trice, flash, twinkling of an eye.

Moby Thesaurus

breath, breathing, coup, crack, flash, half a jiffy, half a mo, half a second, half a shake, instant, jiff, microsecond, millisecond, minute, moment, sec, second, shake, split second, stroke, tick, trice, twink, twinkle, twinkling, twitch, two shakes, wink



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