iffy

adjective

if·​fy ˈi-fē How to pronounce iffy (audio)
1
: having many uncertain or unknown qualities or conditions
an iffy proposition
2
: of inconsistent or unreliable quality
iffiness noun

Examples of iffy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe the son kind of felt iffy about coming but the mom still wanted the gain in order to give to the son. J.m. Banks, Kansas City Star, 15 May 2024 Even a decent midrange is often less efficient than an iffy three-pointer; shots at the rim are more efficient than that. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 5 May 2024 Sadly, the timeframes for seeing any of this happening within this generation or next is still iffy. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 The food that comes with no extra charge can be iffy on mainstream cruise ships, but what was served on the preview sail was quite good overall, and that includes the main dining room and Windjammer buffet. David Dickstein, Orange County Register, 2 Feb. 2024 Though in her 40s, Moreira is playing much, much older, hobbling around under pounds of prosthetics to convey decades of iffy cosmetic surgeries and wear-and-tear. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 28 Feb. 2024 Otherwise, there’s not much iffy content in this slow, sweet special that focuses on friendship. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024 This Time on Netflix At the same time, this new version makes a few iffy choices, and on the whole bumps up against the low ceiling that greets almost any such attempt at taking on an iconic work. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2024 Kupchak said Williams should be fine moving forward with his career, but this season sounds rather iffy. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

if entry 1

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of iffy was in 1937

Cite this Entry

“Iffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iffy. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

iffy

adjective
if·​fy ˈif-ē How to pronounce iffy (audio)
1
: having many uncertain or unknown qualities or conditions
an iffy situation
2
: of inconsistent or unreliable quality
iffiness noun

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