chanc·​er | \ ˈchan(t)-sər How to pronounce chancer (audio) \

Definition of chancer

: a scheming opportunist

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Examples of chancer in a Sentence

a two-faced chancer, he doesn't hesitate to dump people when they are no longer of any use betrayed by a chancer who, she mistakenly thought, was her friend

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But the first three-plus months have really just shown that a major league team full of second-chancers and fringe players doesn't have to lose in the manner the Orioles did for large stretches of May and June. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles reset: First and last trips of first half show how rebuilding can still be competitive," 8 July 2019 Cheaters and chancers and, in this case, fellow women involved some sort of imaginary beauty arms race to look as pretty as possible in a way that feels somehow more authentic than using product. Jessica Teas, The Cut, "The Big Lie of #NoMakeup," 9 July 2018 Ask only for small arms or some ammunition, and chancers will try their luck. The Economist, "When the shooting stopsHow to stop countries sliding back into civil war," 18 Jan. 2018 This offseason, the pool of potential head coaches includes Super Bowl champions, rocket scientists and brand name second-chancers angling for one last shot. Conor Orr,, "Coaching Candidate 2018: Is Dave Toub the Best Coordinator You've Never Heard Of?," 5 Jan. 2018 But the choice available to a besuited chancer is growing. The Economist, "From dentistry to car-park planning, industry awards are growing," 5 Oct. 2017 This delicate political situation calls for opportunists and chancers. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Brexit Is Still Alive, after Theresa May Affirms It in Florence," 23 Sep. 2017 Here in San Francisco Bay, the catchall name for the estuary, humans have changed the shoreline and ecology since the Spanish explorer Portola set eyes on it in 1769 and brash chancers swarmed to the Gold Rush in 1849. National Geographic, "How the Bay Area Is Restoring Nature's Delicate Balance," 13 June 2017 An uncontrollable desire to see him lose resulted in a million or more households purchasing his fights against no-chancers such as Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero. Dylan Hernandez,, "Giving a knockout blow to the idea Mayweather vs. McGregor will be worth watching," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of chancer

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chancer was in 1959

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English Language Learners Definition of chancer

British, informal + disapproving : someone who takes chances and often does improper things to get an advantage over other people

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