adjective, nif·ti·er, nif·ti·est.

  1. attractively stylish or smart: a nifty new dress for Easter.
  2. very good; fine; excellent: a nifty idea.
  3. substantial; sizable: We sold the car for a nifty profit.

noun, plural nif·ties.

  1. something nifty, as a clever remark or joke.

adjective -tier or -tiest informal

  1. pleasing, apt, or stylish
  2. quick, agilehe’s nifty on his feet

“smart, stylish,” 1868, of unknown origin, perhaps theatrical slang, first attested in a poem by Bret Harte, who said it was a shortened, altered form of magnificat. Related: Niftily; niftiness.

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