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iffy Syllabification: if·fy

Definition of iffy in English:

adjective (iffier, iffiest)

1Full of uncertainty; doubtful: the prospect for classes resuming next Wednesday seems iffy
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  • The full game was looking a bit iffy for a while there, but after playing the demo I'm sold.
  • The young pair is remarkably candid in the book about their iffy journalistic methods and practices circa 1972, part of Broder's golden age.
  • He said: ‘It has been a bit of an iffy start but we are turning things around now.’
1.1Of doubtful quality or legality: a good wine merchant will change the iffy bottles for sound ones
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  • The picture quality is iffy, with many shots seeming overexposed.
  • The Jeep, meanwhile, is not only very strange-looking, but also has iffy build quality.
  • Some are sound, some are iffy, and some are downright worthless.
dubious, doubtful, questionable, shaky;
substandard, second-rate, inferior;


1930s: from if + f + -y1.

Words that rhyme with iffy

cliffy, jiffy, Liffey, niffy, sniffy, spiffy, squiffy, whiffy

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