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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Buy Photo Relations between the cops and black America have always been dicey. Jenice Armstrong, Philly.com, "Kudos to Philly police for sending recruits to Smithsonian African American Museum | Jenice Armstrong," 10 July 2018 Such a fight could lead to a dicier path to confirmation through a narrow Senate majority, as well as more difficult midterm campaigns for a few Republicans, some of those people reasoned. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump Zeroes In on Supreme Court Pick," 6 July 2018 Plus, cell phone reception is always dicey at big events with thousands of people so an old-school paper could come in handy. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Headed out to Texas Motor Speedway? Here's what you need to know | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 Apr. 2018 Attributing a technical invention can be a dicey affair, but there is no doubt that Da Vinci understood chiaroscuro’s true power in a way that rival artists did not. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 To emerge from a hard-fought Republican primary, Heller would almost certainly have had to take positions that would make his general election prospects even dicier. Mike Debonis, Washington Post, "Trump nudges GOP challenger out of Nevada Senate race, aiding incumbent Dean Heller," 16 Mar. 2018 For now, asking Melo to be anything more than a role player is a dicey proposition. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "With His OKC Era Waning, Carmelo Anthony Must Pick Between Two Clear Free-Agency Paths," 6 July 2018 Leaving it up to me to find things is a dicey proposition. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Coming Saturday: All-time Triple Crown rankings," 24 May 2018 Approval in the Senate seemed assured -- eventually -- but the situation in the House remained dicey. Anna Beahm, AL.com, "Alabama man accused of beating his roommate over stale cereal," 8 Feb. 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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