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wanchancy

/ (wɒnˈtʃænsɪ) /
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adjective Scot

unlucky
dangerous; risky
uncanny; eerie

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Word Origin for wanchancy

C18: from wanchance ill luck, from wan- prefix expressing negation or privation + chance

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Example sentences from the Web for wanchancy

  • The wanchancy bullet maun have weakened his chest, nae doot.

    Huntingtower|John Buchan
  • And then the ae boat set aff for North Berwick, an' the tither lay whaur it was and watched the wanchancy thing on the braeside.

    David Balfour, Second Part|Robert Louis Stevenson
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