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 Like when beloved bands that have previously broken up only to later reunite, tribute albums can be a dicey proposition in which the results can often be disappointing. David Chiu, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 If there are eight eligible teams, the situation could get dicey for the school at the bottom of the ladder. oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 Of course, the RV should go do the errand and come right back, though this would seem a dicey situation to be in. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 They are regularly misled by savvy Wall Streeters intent upon selling dicey financial products. Edward Siedle, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 After a dicey Iron Bowl, the Tigers stepped out onto the national championship field. Giana Han, al, 27 Aug. 2021 The violinist opted to join along with the Grant Park Orchestra during the concerto’s orchestral introductions — a common performance practice, but a considerably more dicey one if soloist and orchestra disagree in tempo or character. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 21 Aug. 2021 The situation in Afghanistan is complex, fluid, and very dicey. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2021 The inning then got very dicey for Woodruff as Posey singled to left, Crawford punched a 0-1 changeup into right for a hit and Bryant drew a walk to load the bases with one down. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Dicey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dicey. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dicey

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

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