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

unpredictable; risky; uncertain.

Origin of dicey

First recorded in 1935–40; dice + -ey1
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adjective dicier or diciest informal, mainly British

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

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

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