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adjective, if·fi·er, if·fi·est. Informal.
  1. full of unresolved points or questions: an iffy situation.
  2. doubtful; questionable: An early decision on this is iffy.

Origin of iffy

First recorded in 1915–20; if + -y1
Related formsif·fi·ness, noun

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adjective iffier or iffiest
  1. informal uncertain or subject to contingencythis scheme sounds a bit iffy

Word Origin for iffy

C20: from if + -y 1
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Word Origin and History for iffy

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

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