Definition of trice in English:



in phrase in a trice
  • In a moment; very quickly.

    ‘in a trice, she had flown up the stairs’
    • ‘It runs extremely quickly and can appear to vanish in a trice.’
    • ‘If only she'd said ‘All right - I'll go to Mass ‘, she'd have been out in a trice.’’
    • ‘As before, the facilitator grasped my objection in a trice, and even though I sense that she's inclined to side with the material, she gets it.’
    • ‘Why I know at least half-a-dozen who'd file complaints in a trice.’
    • ‘The driver got out in a trice, and others jumped over to help the girl up.’
    • ‘The moment the ever-ready police personnel on duty got the order, they were on the door of my quarter in a trice.’
    • ‘The raspberries have had a good flavour but turn to jam in a trice.’
    • ‘Of course, the first silly fly to come anywhere close was now snapped up in a trice.’
    • ‘England know the French can turn a game in a trice even when facing a seemingly desperate deficit.’
    • ‘It was a fast, efficient kill and any suffering would have been over in a trice.’
    in a moment, in a minute, in a second, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, soon, very soon, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in a flash, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long


Late Middle English trice ‘a tug’, figuratively ‘an instant’, from Middle Dutch trīsen ‘pull sharply’, related to trīse ‘pulley’.