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[dahy-see] /ˈdaɪ si/
adjective, dicier, diciest. Informal.
unpredictable; risky; uncertain.
Origin of dicey
1935-40; dice + -ey1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dicey
  • Surviving without a skeleton can be a dicey challenge.
  • Agents working undercover to snare offenders can find themselves in dicey situations, particularly with cash stakes so high.
  • That's a dicey sentiment, considering the tyrannical source.
  • In other words the political calculation isn't dicey at all.
  • It may be easier to keep the student you already have than try to recruit new ones into a situation where success may be dicey.
  • All of that makes it dicey, at times, to be teaching abroad.
  • What made my decision dicey was that the offer came from the academic vice president.
  • It's a dicey enough move, though, that few people are willing to speak on the record about rejecting a promotion.
  • All of those things tend to happen in meetings, which is when proxies become dicey.
  • One block back from the ocean and it gets kind of dicey.
British Dictionary definitions for dicey


adjective (informal, mainly Brit) dicier, diciest
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dicey



Risky; perilous: African investment is dicey/ Updike indulged in many dicey curlicues/ the dicey art of writing a farce (1940s+ British)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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