iffy

adjective
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

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After four days on the road—snacking on cuttlefish puffs and other iffy gas-station food, hundreds of miles of forest, the endless downshifting to power up spine-rattling hills—letting someone else take the controls was a luxury. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 It's docked some points, however, on a privacy policy that's hard to read and some iffy policies on sharing your data with third parties. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Creepiest, Spying-est Gifts to Not Buy This Year," 14 Nov. 2018 But despite its very sleek user experience, PS Vue is hindered a bit by iffy performance on some platforms and spotty availability of all big four broadcast networks; many markets just have one or two. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best streaming TV apps," 12 Oct. 2018 This isn’t helped by some iffy voice acting for the game’s countless minor characters. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Assassin’s Creed Odyssey," 4 Oct. 2018 Car trips seemingly would be the easiest with Fido in tow, but that too can involve hurdles (like a flurry of dog hair or iffy jumps into high SUVs). Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "This Luxury Auto Brand Is Making Traveling with Your Dogs Easier," 24 Aug. 2018 The iffy bullpen has turned late innings into boom times for family cuss jars and stores that sell nicotine patches. San Antonio Express-News, "Whitley picks up where he left off," 8 June 2018 Yet, we are left with a situation where Trump’s deal-making skills may at best produce an iffy North Korea deal and at worst will revert to Boltonesque plans for regime change. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Will Trump's deal-making backfire and embroil U.S. in new wars? | Trudy Rubin," 23 May 2018 Investors probably shouldn’t base trades on the Bank of England 257-year data set for total factor productivity growth—a very iffy concept even when measured in the present. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Fred Gets Acquainted With William the Conqueror," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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iffy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of iffy

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

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