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
Recent Examples on the Web Among them is the sardonic confidant, St. Quentin; the down-at-the heels military man, Major Brutt; and the impecunious, high-living chancer, Eddie. Washington Post, "Update your playlist with these great new audiobooks," 7 May 2021 The one man who might be able to help him is Elliot Finch (Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù), a lowlife chancer with a mysterious interest in the Wallace family. Clark Collis,, "Watch the mayhem-heavy trailer for AMC's new crime show Gangs of London," 17 Sep. 2020 Nineteen-year-old Demondric Pratt is one of Café Momentum’s second-chancers. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "The at-risk teens at Dallas’ Cafe Momentum show the way forward amid the coronavirus -- let’s help them," 23 Mar. 2020 Davos also plays host to thousands of journalists, security personnel, corporate support staffers, as well as businesspeople and chancers, many of whom never step foot in the official conference rooms. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Trump vs. Thunberg: The climate crisis could dominate Davos," 19 Jan. 2020 Even as a young woman my mother had always been a gallus thing: a chancer, gregarious, desirous of any shiny bauble. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 The region’s affinity for the wild West returned with a vengeance as oligarchs, local criminals and chancers tussled for dominance. The Economist, "Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions," 21 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of chancer

1959, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Chancer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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