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It's like, the more you commit, the happier the animators are; if you're at all iffy and concerned, then it doesn't free them up to do as much fun stuff, so you have to just go for it and, again, trust the people around you and not be seemingly guarded and numb. Throw caution to the wind a bit.
Neil Patrick Harris

Meaning of "iffy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD IFFY

From if + -y1.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF IFFY

iffy  [ˈɪfɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF IFFY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Iffy is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES IFFY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of iffy in the English dictionary

The definition of iffy in the dictionary is uncertain or subject to contingency.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH IFFY


biffy
ˈbɪfɪ
cliffy
ˈklɪfɪ
housewifey
ˈhaʊsˌwaɪfɪ
jiffy
ˈdʒɪfɪ
Liffey
ˈlɪfɪ
miffy
ˈmɪfɪ
niffy
ˈnɪfɪ
petroglyphy
pəˈtrɒɡlɪfɪ
photoglyphy
ˈfəʊtəˌɡlɪfɪ
raphe
ˈreɪfɪ
Rif
ˈrɪfɪ
Rifi
ˈrɪfɪ
salsify
ˈsælsɪfɪ
sniffy
ˈsnɪfɪ
spiffy
ˈspɪfɪ
squiffy
ˈskwɪfɪ
stiffie
ˈstɪfɪ
stiffy
ˈsɪfɪ
whiffy
ˈwɪfɪ
wifie
ˈwaɪfɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE IFFY

if
if only
if the cap fits
if the worst comes to the worst
if you please
IFA
IFAD
IFC
Ife
iff
iffier
iffiest
Ifni
IFP
IFR
IFS
iftar

WORDS THAT END LIKE IFFY

affy
baffy
buffy
chaffy
cheffy
chuffy
daffy
Duffy
faffy
fluffy
fuffy
gruffy
huffy
pluffy
puffy
scruffy
snuffy
stuffy
taffy
toffy

Synonyms and antonyms of iffy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «IFFY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «iffy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of iffy

Translation of «iffy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF IFFY

Find out the translation of iffy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of iffy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «iffy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

前途未卜
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

dudoso
570 millions of speakers

English

iffy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

iffy
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مشكوك فيها
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

ненадежный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

duvidoso
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

iffy
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

douteux
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Jika betul
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

fraglich
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

あやふやな
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

불확실한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Iffy
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

iffy
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

iffy
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

Iffy
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

şüpheli
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

incerto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

niepewna
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

ненадійний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

iffy
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αμφίβολος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Iffy
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

osäkert
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

iffy
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of iffy

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «IFFY»

The term «iffy» is quite widely used and occupies the 53.493 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «IFFY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about iffy

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4 QUOTES WITH «IFFY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word iffy.
1
Thomas Frank
In the subprime mortgage industry, bankers handed out iffy loans like candy at a parade because such loans meant revenue and, hence, bonuses for executives in the here-and-now.
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Neil Patrick Harris
It's like, the more you commit, the happier the animators are; if you're at all iffy and concerned, then it doesn't free them up to do as much fun stuff, so you have to just go for it and, again, trust the people around you and not be seemingly guarded and numb. Throw caution to the wind a bit.
3
Johnny Marr
You can grow up without having to conform, stop going to shows, stop having a record collection, start being politically iffy.
4
Bernadette Peters
I lost a very dear friend who lived with AIDS for about 17 years. Rejecting early treatments that were iffy, he thought he saved himself. I really miss him a lot.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «IFFY»

Discover the use of iffy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to iffy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Iffy
He's wanted by the police. So what's a desperate man to do? What Elvis figures, writes award-winning novelist John Dufresne, is that when a man loses everything, he's free to do anything.
John Dufresne, 2011
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More Grammar Games: Cognitive, Affective and Movement ...
IFFY. SENTENCES. BATCH. 2. 1 Well, the man's broken all his legs. 2 My toothbrush is pregnant again. 3 When we want your opinion, we'll give it to you. 4 I went out robbing to buy friends. 5 The EC has forced Spain to voluntarily reduce its ...
Paul Davis, 1995
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Doing the Best We Can: An Essay in Informal Deontic Logic
BASIC IFFY OUGHTS Some of the most interesting and challenging puzzles concerning the logic of 'ought'-statements have to do with "iffy oughts" — sentences that contain an 'if as well as an 'ought' (or appropriate equivalent terms ). Each of ...
Fred Feldman, 1986
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Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and ...
Dreadful Iffy is an exercise that simplifies the decatastrophizing process and teaches youngsters to challenge their dire predictions. The Defeating Dreadful Iffy Worksheet (see Figure 12.9) includes a self-monitoring component and a change ...
Robert D. Friedberg, Jessica M. McClure, 2002
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The Advocate
A few months back, a Savannah, Ga., rock station asked Tom Merkl and his cohorts in the band Iffy to play their soulful, hard-edged pop at a promotional party. But the station didn't mention the amateur boxing match, the wet T-shirt contest, ...
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Cobb Would Have Caught it: The Golden Age of Baseball in Detroit
Iffy was the creation and alter ego of Free Press editor Malcolm Bingay, who had covered the Tigers' 1907-8-9 pennant winners as a Detroit News reporter. Every sports section at that time ran a schedule of the day's games, accompanied by ...
Richard Bak, 1991
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Mechanisms of Desire
A sick smile rested on Iffy's lips. “Won't you come in and sit, Dora?” “Oh I just can't, Iffy.” Dora scanned the room. Her eyes stopped on something level with hers and in the distance. Kurt realized she stared at him. Iffy pouted, “Oh, too bad.
John Mear, 2012
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Final Arrangements
Since Julia was quietly staring out the window, I surmised that Mother sensed the tension between Iffy and me and was itching to diffuse it. "All set, are we?" she asked, sounding ominously like a kindergarten teacher. Fortunately, Iffy's mind ...
Donna Huston Murray, 2012
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New. U
DAY. 5: IFFY. THINGS. “Therefore, we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” ...
Jason Creech, 2011
10
Keith Lehrer
holds true only under the assumption that the agent can realize the iffy condition. By these lights, 'I can' is equivalent to 'I will if I choose' provided that I can so choose. If the dispute is indeed forced to continue along the lines I have proposed ...
R. Bogdan, 1981

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «IFFY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term iffy is used in the context of the following news items.
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Moscow's Iran Man: Why Is He Smiling? | The National Interest
For Russia to count on lavish arms sales to Iran in the future looks like an iffy proposition at best. Finally there's the diplomatic aspect. Until now ... «The National Interest Online, Jul 15»
2
In One Ear: Restless for the sea - In One Ear - The Daily Astorian
A few years ago, a Russian immigrant in his 60s with iffy sailing/navigational skills, Rimas Meleshyus (pictured), stopped in Astoria on his way ... «Daily Astorian, Jul 15»
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Debate continues over foreign buyer register | NZNews | 3 News
"They've gone after people who have apparently iffy names, rather than looking at 'are these people foreign?' As in, are they not New Zealand ... «3News NZ, Jul 15»
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Political panel: Collins and King talk the issues | TVShows | 3 News
Collins says about the housing situation "I think Labour have gone after people who have iffy names, rather than actually looking at these ... «3News NZ, Jul 15»
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The Ashes: England vs Australia, Second Test, day one - live …
Over 73: AUS 272/1 (Rogers 116* Smith 108*). Two iffy legside balls from Mo. Smith tickles his for four, Rogers shovels his for three. «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
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Growing up trans: Six teens open up about discovering who they …
The first two months my mom was iffy, saying, “I don't think I'll ever accept this.” It was pretty much every parent's concern around LGBTQ ... «The Globe and Mail, Jul 15»
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High Sky Wing preps for late August Airshow - MRT.com: Local
“October is iffy weather. We've had freezing weather in October, we've had lots of rain in October, we've had it cold, and we've also had it very ... «Midland Reporter-Telegram, Jul 15»
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Will Los Angeles Dodgers' summer evaluations lead to October …
They expect the uneven baserunning and iffy situational hitting to improve. As late summer moves toward fall, there is only so much that ... «ESPN, Jul 15»
9
Island Transit board uncertain about iffy state funds
Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold, at left, speaks with fellow Island Transit board members, Oak Harbor Councilman Rick Almberg ... «Whidbey News-Times, Jul 15»
10
Nicolle Wallace Axed As 'The View' Regular For Being Insufficiently …
Wallace's future was looking kinda iffy the longer The View put off announcing a re-upping of her one-year contract; news she was out as ... «Deadline, Jul 15»

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