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iffy

[if-ee] /ˈɪf i/
adjective, iffier, iffiest. Informal.
1.
full of unresolved points or questions:
an iffy situation.
2.
doubtful; questionable:
An early decision on this is iffy.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; if + -y1
Related forms
iffiness, noun
Synonyms
1. doubtful, unsettled, uncertain, speculative.
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Examples for iffy
  • With vampires, even the embraces are an iffy matter.
  • It is difficult to tell whether the economy's iffy patch has bogged down such investment.
  • My route is steep in places with loose scree making the footing iffy.
  • The mechanics of recall are delicate, so iffy and contingent.
  • Because the private sector realizes that there's little purpose in reinvestment when consumers are iffy.
  • Plans for where to go and when to go, however, remain as iffy as the economy.
  • Taking the car out on a pot-holed public road was an iffy proposition at best.
  • The theme is excellent, but some of the fill is iffy.
  • Most gritty fist-fighting veterans are that way because they're compensating for iffy athleticism.
  • Raising fees for various licenses and other state services is possible, but iffy.
British Dictionary definitions for iffy

iffy

/ˈɪfɪ/
adjective iffier, iffiest
1.
(informal) uncertain or subject to contingency this scheme sounds a bit iffy
Word Origin
C20: from if + -y1
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Word Origin and History for iffy
adj.

1937, American English, from if + -y (2). Originally associated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Slang definitions & phrases for iffy

iffy

adjective
  1. Uncertain; doubtful; improbable: His chances were a bit iffy/ Would the DA take the case, knowing the chances of a conviction would be iffy?
  2. dicey (1937+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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