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chancy

[chan-see, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn si, ˈtʃɑn-/
adjective, chancier, chanciest.
1.
uncertain, hazardous, or risky.
2.
random; haphazard; subject to chance.
3.
Chiefly Scot. lucky1 .
Origin of chancy
1505-1515
1505-15; chance + -y1
Related forms
chanciness, noun
Synonyms
1. precarious, doubtful, dubious, venturesome.
Antonyms
1. sure, certain, predictable.
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  • The river once crossed, they had only before them, from k to z, slopes which were practicable to debouch on the plateau of chancy.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2 Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • The struggle for life was difficult and chancy in the islands in those days.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It might be chancy, opening that door; so he peered through a narrow crack at first, listening intently.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • To get a light in this way was the most chancy thing in the world.

  • A dark road, pitted with shell holes and slimy with mud, is chancy.

    Golden Lads Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
  • You know what a hazardous, chancy, short-lived thing is the fashion of a woman.

    Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope
  • Now chancy his son has taken the field and is famous among the eleven of his school.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • It was a chancy plan at best, and would probably break down long before any visit could be made to the city.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • It was chancy work at best, with a possible stumble up against death at every step.

    Carette of Sark John Oxenham
  • Make all profitable bargains in the name of "Standard Oil," chancy ones in the names of dummies.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for chancy

chancy

/ˈtʃɑːnsɪ/
adjective chancier, chanciest
1.
(informal) of uncertain outcome or temperament; risky
Derived Forms
chancily, adverb
chanciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chancy
adj.

1510s, "lucky, foreboding good fortune," from chance (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "uncertain, subject to risk" is recorded from 1860. The possible sense "full of opportunity" seems to have been used regularly only in cricket (1875).

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