[chan-see, chahn-]

adjective, chanc·i·er, chanc·i·est.

uncertain, hazardous, or risky.
random; haphazard; subject to chance.
Chiefly Scot. lucky1.

Origin of chancy

First recorded in 1505–15; chance + -y1
Related formschanc·i·ness, noun

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adjective chancier or chanciest

informal of uncertain outcome or temperament; risky
Derived Formschancily, adverbchanciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chancy

1510s, "lucky, foreboding good fortune," from chance (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "uncertain, subject to risk" is recorded from 1860. The possible sense "full of opportunity" seems to have been used regularly only in cricket (1875).

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