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since 1880
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Origin and Meaning of Jiffy

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  • A submission from India says the name Jiffy means "One moment" and is of Unknown origin.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jif"fy
A moment; an instant; as, I will be ready in a jiffy .

Etymology: Perh. corrupt. fr. gliff

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

Origin unknown; said to have been thieves’ cant for “lightning”.

  1. (colloquial) A very short, unspecified length of time. [from 1785.]
    I’ll be back in a .
  2. (computing) A unit of time defined by the frequency of its basic timer – historically, and by convention, 0.01 of a second, but some computer operating systems use other values.
  3. (electronics) The length of an alternating current power cycle (1/60 or 1/50 of a second).
  4. (physics) The time taken for light to travel a specified distance in a vacuum, usually one centimetre, but sometimes one foot or the width of a nucleon.

Fun Facts about the name Jiffy

  • When was the first name Jiffy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Jiffy is Tuesday, February 12th, 1980.
  • How unique is the name Jiffy? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Jiffy. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Jiffy: Your name in reverse order is Yffij. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fijyf. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Jiffy born Apr 12, 1977

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Spain approximately on 475. Your profession was artist, magician, and fortune teller.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.