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Learn to Use jQuery .delay() to Manage Your Effect Queues Better

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Published Jan 12, 2018
Updated Sep 27, 2019

jQuery delay: Main Tips

  • The jQuery .delay() function puts off the animation on the next queue item.
  • It can be used on both standard and custom queues.

Delaying an Effect

The jQuery .delay() function sets a delay before beginning to execute the animation on the next item in the effects queue.

$("button").click(() => {

Here is the syntax you would use to make a jQuery .delay() function call:


This method takes two arguments:

  • speed - the length of the delay. A higher numeric value means slower animation. You can also use keywords slow (600 ms) and fast (200 ms).
  • queue - the name of the animation queue to clear. The default value is fx, the standard effects queue.

Note: there is no specific method to cancel jQuery .delay() function call.