[uhn-chan-see, -chahn-]

adjective Chiefly Scot.

Origin of unchancy

First recorded in 1525–35; un-1 + chancy
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Examples from the Web for unchancy

Historical Examples of unchancy

  • I would fain not run the risk, for folk say that he is an unchancy creature.

    The Scottish Fairy Book

    Elizabeth W. Grierson

  • Ghosts were unchancy folk, even if they were our family ghosts.

    The Story Girl

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • "Ye shall na stay anither minute in this unchancy kirkyard," cried Helen, forcing him away with her.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45

    William Harrison Ainsworth

  • I pulled his head round away from the ghost, drew out a pistol, and watched the unchancy thing's movements.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

    George W. Gough

  • There was great glory and triumph in this; but why had his grace come at so unchancy a moment?

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for unchancy



Scot unlucky, ill-omened, or dangerousCompare wanchancy
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