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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That’s followed by four acrobatic inversions, which were especially dicey when experienced in one of its floorless cars. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Canada's Wonderland marathon: Riding all of the Toronto park's roller coasters in a day," 20 June 2019 The proposition immediately became dicey when the righthander allowed the first two batters to reach on a walk and single. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox win sixth in a row, but blanking mighty Twins was impressive," 17 June 2019 Dear Readers: Driving in a hailstorm can be a frightening event, but here are some hints to help you through: If the weather is dicey, stay tuned to weather forecasts. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Hail these driving hints!," 11 June 2019 Who would have imagined such a thing during those bad, old days and nights when venturing into East Palo Alto was dicey in the extreme? John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Times change: Entrance/exit fee for East Palo Alto?," 5 June 2019 Nick Baumgardner, Freep Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has been at a few other stops where the quarterback situation was dicey. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Josh Gattis is high on Michigan's quarterbacks — all of them," 4 June 2019 Unmanned, there are no human lives to risk and the Navy could afford to send them on dicier, higher risk missions without the possibility of losing sailors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic Ship Could Become a Marine's Lifeline," 9 May 2019 Without an expert to help the group stay on track, these dynamics can get dicey. Brittany Risher, SELF, "How to Know If Group Therapy Might Be Right for You," 14 Feb. 2019 Before Valera had intervened, the youth’s only option had been a homeless shelter for adults in Olympia, a dicey situation for a teen with autism. Allegra Abramo, The Seattle Times, "Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?," 29 Mar. 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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