chancy

[ chan-see, chahn- ]
/ ˈtʃæn si, ˈtʃɑn- /

adjective, chanc·i·er, chanc·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. chancer,
  2. chancery,
  3. chancre,
  4. chancriform,
  5. chancroid,
  6. chandannagar,
  7. chandelier,
  8. chandelier earring,
  9. chandelle,
  10. chandernagore

Origin of chancy

First recorded in 1505–15; chance + -y1

Related formschanc·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for chancy

chancy

chancey

/ (ˈtʃɑːnsɪ) /

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

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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