[jif-ee] /ˈdʒɪf i/
noun, plural jiffies. Informal.
a very short time; moment:
to get dressed in a jiffy.
noun (pl) jiffies, jiffs
(informal) a very short time: wait a jiffy
1797, short for jiffy.
1785, “a moment, an instant,” colloquial, origin unknown; said to be originally thieves’ slang for “lightning.”
jiffy (that is, a very brief period of time)
see under in a flash
- Jiffy bag
noun 1. trademark a thickly padded but light envelope in which articles such as books are placed for protection in the post noun phrase
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[jig] /dʒɪg/ noun 1. Machinery. a plate, box, or open frame for holding work and for guiding a machine tool to the work, used especially for locating and spacing drilled holes; fixture. 2. Angling. any of several devices or lures, especially a hook or gang of hooks weighted with metal and dressed with hair, feathers, […]
[jig-uh-boo] /ˈdʒɪg əˌbu/ noun, plural jigaboos. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. 1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person. n. insulting name for “a black person,” 1909, perhaps from jig (q.v.), which had been applied insultingly to persons since late 18c., and ending from bugaboo. modifier : a jig band noun A […]