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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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 Qantas Flight 464 Captain Jerem Zwart and first officer Lachlan Smale navigated an especially dicey landing as a severe thunderstorm assaulted Sydney Airport with 70-mph winds. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 Directly regulating Google's search algorithms could be even dicier, since Google would be able to invoke the First Amendment. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Republicans are mad at Google for search bias—will they do anything about it?," 12 Dec. 2018 For Uber, the situation could be particularly dicey: A prominent Saudi official sits on its board. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Saudi Money Flows Into Silicon Valley—and With It Qualms," 16 Oct. 2018 The trip was dicey, with the dual threats of being discovered by the Nazis or killed by Allied forces hanging over them. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Talking about releasing people from prison can get a little dicey with the pubic, yes? John Baer, Philly.com, "Sharif Street is on a mission for criminal justice reform," 29 June 2018 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

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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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