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

Other Words from iffy

iffiness noun

Examples of iffy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accuracy can be iffy; a few of my outdoor runs were improperly tracked. Adrienne So, WIRED, 18 Aug. 2022 Preteens make iffy decisions regarding a corpse, and there’s an upsetting moment when one girl unexpectedly wields a gun to shoot at a lock. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 Are there some individual moves that look good or iffy? Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 However, seeing the trade as a parallel to the overall economy is iffy, since much of the recent surge is fueled by a labor dispute that has shifted shipping patterns. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 26 July 2022 However, Piedmont and Goodwill first need Planning Commission and City Council approval -- and that prospect seems iffy at best. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 17 May 2022 OnePlus software continues to be iffy and a mess both aesthetically and functionally. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The battle between two of the league’s best goalies didn’t materialize, as Gauthier let in two bad ones and Garand let in a pretty iffy one for the winner. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 10 Apr. 2022 James had been listed as questionable because of left knee soreness and because the Lakers played at Phoenix on Sunday night, leaving him iffy for the second game of a back-to-back set. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

12 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Iffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iffy. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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