dic·​ey | \ ˈdī-sē \
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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The definition of working class is fairly straightforward, but the actual application of the term gets dicey, fast. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What the "Working Class" Is, and How It's Politicized," 13 Dec. 2018 As far behind the bag as Simmons was, the slide was going to look dicey unless Odor had gone straight. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Is 'Big Sexy' losing his appeal?," 2 June 2018 The students figured out the simple stuff, such as basic mathematical functions, quite well — but things got dicey when the concepts got more complicated. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Decoding Alien Messages Could Be the Biggest Citizen-Science Project Ever," 26 May 2018 And things are also looking dicey for Fox's Lucifer and ABC's Deception. Gary Levin, USA TODAY, "Fox cancels 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'The Last Man on Earth'," 10 May 2018 A few days ago, the weather forecast looked dicey for Sunday, but Harris couldn’t have ordered up a prettier day for a final round. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Tiger Woods felt the love, Charlotte: ‘I won’t forget’ ... and 4 other takeaways | Charlotte Observer," 6 May 2018 But what was the calculation from your part, from being in this kind of dicey position? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explains how Donald Trump is trying to corrupt the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2018 So many things can weigh on a young woman’s mind: dicey career prospects, rising rents, global warming, the current political situation—does anyone really want to worry about ovarian reserve? Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 That’s a dicey political problem when taxpayers can’t vote, as tea drinkers in Boston know well. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Tax Whodunit Is Far From Over," 5 Oct. 2018

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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

: involving a chance that something bad or unpleasant could happen

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a complex dispute or argument

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