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

Examples of iffy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because the game will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago, the former Alabama All-American’s chances of reaching the milestone on Thursday night seem iffy. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Cowboys’ Amari Cooper takes road woes to Chicago on Thursday night," 5 Dec. 2019 Over in Italy Inter have dropped off the pace somewhat in the Serie A title race and now look set for a battle to try and claim a Champions League spot after some iffy results recently. SI.com, "Inter Officials Attend Dinner With Javier Pastore's Agent to Discuss Possible San Siro Switch," 16 Jan. 2018 Do not be iffy; take the gigantic plunge and go for it. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope - The Boston Globe," 30 Dec. 2019 Question-and-answer sites like Quora and Wikihow are iffy. David Kender, USA TODAY, "New gadget? Now it's time to learn how to use it," 28 Dec. 2019 The righteousness of powerful businessmen had been looking extra iffy, but in San Francisco change was coming. Chris Colin, Wired, "The Gospel of Wealth According to Marc Benioff," 11 Dec. 2019 Complaining about not getting an iffy call is a loser’s lament. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks get the job done with poise, composure and discipline: Issues & Answers," 20 Oct. 2019 Despite an iffy pass interference call on safety Aashari Crosswell, Arizona State's defense stopped Utah, forcing a punt late in the third quarter. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Rewind: No. 14 Utah football finishes off No. 17 ASU 21-3," 19 Oct. 2019 What looks iffy on a full-sized TV is easier to shrug off when seen on a six-inch 720p panel. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "“The Switcher” is real: Witcher 3 on Switch is a blurry, tolerable compromise," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of iffy

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for iffy

if entry 1

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25 Jan 2020

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“Iffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iffiness. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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