dicey

[ dahy-see ]
/ ˈdaɪ si /

adjective, dic·i·er, dic·i·est. Informal.

unpredictable; risky; uncertain.

Nearby words

  1. dice are loaded, the,
  2. dice cup,
  3. dicentra,
  4. dicentric,
  5. dicephalous,
  6. dich-,
  7. dichasium,
  8. dichlamydeous,
  9. dichlobenil,
  10. dichloride

Origin of dicey

First recorded in 1935–40; dice + -ey1

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British Dictionary definitions for dicey

dicey

/ (ˈdaɪsɪ) /

adjective dicier or diciest informal, mainly British

difficult or dangerous; risky; tricky
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Word Origin and History for dicey

dicey

adj.

"risky, uncertain" (as the roll of dice), 1940s, aviators' jargon, from dice (n.) + -y (2). Related: Diciness.

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