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.

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President Trump is counting on a strong economy to propel him to re-election in 2020, but his signature issue now looks dicey. Washington Post, "Trump is handing Democrats an opening on the economy," 17 Sep. 2019 The Great Moderation was marked by changes in the economy that made spending less volatile, and by a greater willingness on the part of central banks to promptly increase demand when things looked dicey. The Economist, "For how long can today’s global economic expansion last?," 12 July 2019 The Dodgers pulled ahead in the bottom of the eighth, and things got dicey for Jansen when the first two batters reached in the ninth. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen wanted the ball and came through against Cubs," 16 June 2019 Shredding onion was dicey for little hands, but chopping potatoes, cooking lentils and sautéing spinach were fun tasks. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste Off: The best cooking kits for kids," 26 Aug. 2019 Tears to Triumph Here’s where things start to get a bit dicey. Caroline Tew, EW.com, "A guide to presidential candidate Marianne Williamson's books, from mild to wild," 1 Aug. 2019 Then, when things began to get a little dicey in the sixth and seventh, the A’s turned on the jets and went on to beat Baltimore 8-3 at the Coliseum to take the season series six games to one and to move three games over .500. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Bassitt, Phegley help A’s beat Baltimore 8-3," 19 June 2019 Things get dicey because the South of Petty’s imagination endorsed rather blindly some of the most corrosive myths of American culture and history. Michael Washburn, Longreads, "Tom Petty’s Problematic Album Southern Accents," 9 July 2019 For the whales that feed here, the future is dicey. Christian Åslund, National Geographic, "Melting ice may be a boon for some Arctic whales—then a bust," 2 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dicey

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

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