if·​fy | \ ˈi-fē How to pronounce iffy (audio) \

Definition of iffy

1 : having many uncertain or unknown qualities or conditions an iffy proposition
2 : of inconsistent or unreliable quality

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iffiness noun

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Its reputation for providing support to sellers is iffy. The Economist, "Shopify and the return of the merchant class," 31 Aug. 2019 Full-room scenes benefit from a sense of weight and depth, and this lighting doesn't look insufferably dim, unlike the dramatic-but-iffy lighting model in Metro Exodus. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: Control is Remedy’s best game yet—and a ray tracing masterpiece," 26 Aug. 2019 Chris Bassitt bounced back from an iffy start against the Houston Astros, dealing six shutout innings with six strikeouts — including two strikeouts against reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Matt Olson hits walk-off home run as Oakland Athletics top Milwaukee Brewers," 30 July 2019 Jeter had a stellar playing career, but his work running the Marlins has been iffy, especially in the eyes of Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, both of whom were canned as Marlins executives when Jeter came aboard. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Critical time for Giants, other teams to make tough calls on future," 27 July 2019 But plenty sneak peeks at their phones, despite seriously iffy coverage. Christopher Reynoldsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Maine’s scenic Monhegan Island is a portrait of Brigadoon mixed with L.L. Bean," 25 July 2019 New Balance have fluctuated between the iffy and the sublime with their kit designs but this is definitely in the latter category. SI.com, "Premier League Kits 2019/20: Every Home Shirt Ranked From Worst to Best," 22 July 2019 The iffy-to-awful backdrop is doing no favors for the bottom line. New York Times, "This Could Be a Rare Time When It’s Smart to Fight the Fed," 12 July 2019 That iffy legality is what is worrying the patients and doctors who practice the procedure now. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Death of a Patient and the Future of Fecal Transplants," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of iffy

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for iffy

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The first known use of iffy was in 1937

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English Language Learners Definition of iffy

: having many uncertain or unknown qualities or conditions : not certain
: not certain to be good

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