chancy

[chan-see, chahn-]
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Origin of chancy

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

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chancy

chancey

adjective chancier or chanciest
  1. informal of uncertain outcome or temperament; risky
Derived Formschancily, adverbchanciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chancy
adj.

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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