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Acronym of graphics interchange format.


  • IPA(key): /ɡɪf/, /dʒɪf/
  • (file)
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  • Steve Wilhite, the inventor of the GIF format in 1987, says that it was originally pronounced with /dʒ/ and that such pronunciation is "correct", but the pronunciation with /ɡ/ is in widespread use.[1] The pronunciation with /dʒ/ is less common and usually spoken as an attempt to be 'correct'.


GIF (plural GIFs)

  1. An image encoded in GIF file format; such a file.
  2. (computing) A bitmap image format for pictures with support for animations and up to 256 distinct colors per frame, including a fully transparent color.

Derived termsEdit


GIF (third-person singular simple present GIFs, present participle GIFing, simple past and past participle GIFed)

  1. To create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event).
    he GIFed the highlights of the debate



  1. ^ "Gif's inventor says ignore dictionaries and say 'Jif'", BBC News, May 22 2013.