[ chan-see, chahn- ]
See synonyms for: chancychanciness on

adjective,chanc·i·er, chanc·i·est.
  1. uncertain, hazardous, or risky.

  2. random; haphazard; subject to chance.

  1. Chiefly Scot. lucky1.

Origin of chancy

First recorded in 1505–15; chance + -y1

Other words for chancy

Opposites for chancy

Other words from chancy

  • chanc·i·ness, noun

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How to use chancy in a sentence

  • To get a light in this way was the most chancy thing in the world.

  • It was chancy work at best, with a possible stumble up against death at every step.

    Carette of Sark | John Oxenham
  • As his partner in the chancy enterprise of marriage were not her feelings and desires entitled to equal consideration?

    North of Fifty-Three | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Include as a factor Hyman by all means, for lacking him our chain of chancy coincidence would lack a most vital link.

    Sundry Accounts | Irvin S. Cobb
  • The Pole's position was chancy enough to satisfy even his melodramatic soul.

    Vikings of the Pacific | Agnes C. Laut

British Dictionary definitions for chancy



/ (ˈtʃɑːnsɪ) /

adjectivechancier or chanciest
  1. informal of uncertain outcome or temperament; risky

Derived forms of chancy

  • chancily, adverb
  • chanciness, noun

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