I. adjective (niftier; -est) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1865 very good ; very attractive ; fine <
nifty clothes
niftily adverb II. noun (plural nifties) Date: 1918 something that is nifty; especially a clever or neatly turned phrase or joke

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  • nifty — nif•ty [[t]ˈnɪf ti[/t]] adj. ti•er, ti•est, 1) inf very good; fine; excellent: a nifty idea[/ex] 2) inf attractively stylish: a nifty new suit[/ex] 3) inf something nifty, esp. a clever remark • Etymology: 1860–65 nif′ti•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

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