dic·​ey | \ ˈdī-sē How to pronounce dicey (audio) \
dicier; diciest

Definition of dicey

: risky, unpredictable a dicey proposition dicey weather

Examples of dicey in a Sentence

Starting a business can be quite a dicey proposition. The weather looks a little dicey this morning. I hope it doesn't rain.
Recent Examples on the Web Most are strapped for time, and many would rather not engage in the dicey work of managing sensitive conversations. Jenny Anderson, New York Times, "She Hunts Viral Rumors About Real Viruses," 13 Oct. 2020 This was dicey enough, because many crypto fans are privacy-focused, and would rather such companies didn't exist at all. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Coinbase wants to reject politics. It should already know how risky that is.," 30 Sep. 2020 But figuring out which path the Tigers will take is dicey. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers now at crossroads after some bright spots in 2020: 'Rebuild is almost over'," 28 Sep. 2020 On Sunday, the Lions had some dicey moments, but got big contributions from Stafford, Jesse James and the defense to keep their season alive. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Finally! Detroit Lions edge Arizona Cardinals, 26-23, to snap 11-game losing streak," 27 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, many of these discussions also take political turns, which get dicey. Washington Post, "Candace Cameron Bure on her ‘Full House’ legacy, being religious in Hollywood and that “PDA” photo," 22 Sep. 2020 In less economically dicey times, such disruptions would result in oil price spikes. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio drivers paying lowest Labor Day gas prices in 16 years," 4 Sep. 2020 Conditions along Lake Erie could be a bit dicey from Thursday through Friday evenings. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Labor Day Weekend Forecast: Sunny and pleasant," 3 Sep. 2020 Everyone’s pretty selfish at the outset, and even when things start to get dicey. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "How murder, Eddie Izzard and bad rap make 'Get Duked!' an absurdist gem on Amazon Prime," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dicey

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dicey

dice entry 1 + -y

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19 Oct 2020

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“Dicey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dicey. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dicey

informal : involving a chance that something bad or unpleasant could happen

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