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[uhn-chan-see, -chahn-] /ʌnˈtʃæn si, -ˈtʃɑn-/
adjective, Chiefly Scot.
Origin of unchancy
First recorded in 1525-35; un-1 + chancy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unchancy
Historical Examples
  • I would fain not run the risk, for folk say that he is an unchancy creature.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • Ghosts were unchancy folk, even if they were our family ghosts.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • "Ye shall na stay anither minute in this unchancy kirkyard," cried Helen, forcing him away with her.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I pulled his head round away from the ghost, drew out a pistol, and watched the unchancy thing's movements.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • There was great glory and triumph in this; but why had his grace come at so unchancy a moment?

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope
  • Flight, instant and precipitate, was Darcy's one idea; flight forth from that unchancy car.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for unchancy


(Scot) unlucky, ill-omened, or dangerous Compare wanchancy
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