adjective Scot

dangerous; risky
uncanny; eerie

Compare unchancy

Word Origin for wanchancy

C18: from wanchance ill luck, from wan- prefix expressing negation or privation + chance
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Examples from the Web for wanchancy

Historical Examples of wanchancy

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


    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