chancier; chanciest
Scotland : bringing good luck : auspicious
: uncertain in outcome or prospect : risky
: occurring by chance : haphazard
chanciness noun

Examples of chancy in a Sentence

Building your own home is a chancy business. Opening a new restaurant can be chancy.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chancy was circa 1522

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“Chancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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