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 Yet Evans played and there was nothing iffy about his continuing feud with the accomplished Saints cornerback. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady stifled by New Orleans Saints, dealt loss in Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut," 13 Sep. 2020 Some people swear by milk or baby shampoo to help with washing out tear gas chemicals, but the science behind such methods is still iffy. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Essential first aid tips for protesters," 5 June 2020 Reuters/ Lucy Nicholson Several coronavirus antibody tests have been authorized for public use, but so far their accuracy has been iffy. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "The latest coronavirus antibody test is a lot more accurate," 3 May 2020 Although Sonmez, the reporter the Washington Post suspended, sounded a little iffy about her reinstatement on Tuesday night on Twitter, at least the paper's leadership changed its mind. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Reporting on Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case after his death isn't wrong. It's journalism," 29 Jan. 2020 Forbes estimated owner Vincent Viola’s net worth at $2.3 billion, but rich people don’t stay rich by holding on to iffy investments. Los Angeles Times, "A look at the NHL teams that could be most affected by the coronavirus shutdown," 29 Apr. 2020 Knowing that government help in regaining insurance is proving piecemeal and iffy, Settle at Health Right is bracing for an intensifying onslaught. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "As jobs dry up in US, so does health insurance," 19 Apr. 2020 Then take a look at his messages for anything iffy. Han Ong, The New Yorker, "Futures," 23 Mar. 2020 Still, with other coronavirus cancelations now creeping into the late summer and early fall, even July looks pretty iffy. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, "It's way too soon to reopen movie theaters," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Iffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iffy. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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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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