chancy


adjective, chanc·i·er, chanc·i·est.

  1. uncertain, hazardous, or risky.
  2. random; haphazard; subject to chance.
  3. Chiefly Scot. lucky1.

adjective chancier or chanciest

  1. informal of uncertain outcome or temperament; risky
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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