dic·​ey ˈdī-sē How to pronounce dicey (audio)
dicier; diciest
: 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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Word History


dice entry 1 + -y

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dicey was in 1950

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“Dicey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dicey. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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