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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Other Words from iffy

iffiness noun

Examples of iffy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Rio hotel was steps from the Main Press Center but the local sewage system was iffy and nose plugs became a useful accessory. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 Taylour Paige as Zola and Riley Keough as her iffy new friend Stefani are fully invested in their performances, and that investment pays off. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 17 July 2021 Following the vitriolic response to Antichrist, things were looking iffy for Von Trier going into Cannes in 2011. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 7 July 2021 According to a new Goldman Sachs report, the labor market is looking iffy. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 22 June 2021 First baseman Jose Abreu has tried to carry the team but is iffy this week because of a bone bruise after being hit with a pitch by the Mariners' J.T. Chargois on Sunday. Star Tribune, 29 June 2021 Even fall arena gigs by Harry Styles and the Eagles seem iffy. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 There’s talk of relocation, but the government is iffy about it. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, 21 May 2021 But some choices never quite pan out and look iffy even without the benefit of hindsight. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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26 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Iffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iffy. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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