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

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But plenty sneak peeks at their phones, despite seriously iffy coverage. Christopher Reynoldsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Maine’s scenic Monhegan Island is a portrait of Brigadoon mixed with L.L. Bean," 25 July 2019 New Balance have fluctuated between the iffy and the sublime with their kit designs but this is definitely in the latter category. SI.com, "Premier League Kits 2019/20: Every Home Shirt Ranked From Worst to Best," 22 July 2019 The iffy-to-awful backdrop is doing no favors for the bottom line. New York Times, "This Could Be a Rare Time When It’s Smart to Fight the Fed," 12 July 2019 That iffy legality is what is worrying the patients and doctors who practice the procedure now. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Death of a Patient and the Future of Fecal Transplants," 11 July 2019 Little has been iffy playing off the dribble and shooting from distance, and needs shots created for him. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft Grades: Trail Blazers Select Nassir Little with No. 25 Pick," 20 June 2019 The United States’ semifinal victory over England involved a pair of questionable VAR reviews, one disallowing an England goal for a razor-thin offsides infraction, another granting an iffy England penalty in the closing minutes. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The World Cup’s Instant-Replay Problem," 5 July 2019 By May 19, with the traditional summit window at hand, the weather forecasts remained iffy. National Geographic, "Inside the Everest expedition that built the world’s highest weather station," 27 June 2019 History may remember the series that way, too—as a story about Durant’s Achilles, Thompson’s knee, Kevon Looney’s broken chest, Cousins’s iffy quad. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Raptors’ Joyous N.B.A. Finals Victory Brings the Warriors Dynasty to an End," 14 June 2019

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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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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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