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.
Recent Examples on the Web Given that the coronavirus was beginning to bear down on the country, as well as the world, the timing was dicey at best; live shows were effectively shut down two days later. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 27 May 2021 The very things that made Saw popular among the faithful (the grisly traps and the bonkers retroactive continuity which puts Fast Saga and Marvel to shame) make a new offering somewhat dicey to general audiences. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 23 May 2021 To state the obvious -- things could get very dicey for the former President if investigators found anything in the raids that implicates him in a federal crime. Marshall Cohen, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 The city of Las Vegas was always a dicey proposition, water-wise: A glittering landscape of pools, fountains, and golf courses in the middle of America’s driest desert, the Mojave. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2021 If the calculations are wrong, well, things could get dicey. Star Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 Obviously, baseball in an open-air ballpark in Central Wisconsin in April can be a dicey proposition. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2021 This should be another competitive 5-12 matchup that could get dicey for the favorite, as Creighton is shaky at the FT line (64.2%, 329th) while the Gauchos shoot 76.3% as a team (32nd nationally). Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Nevertheless, leaders' decision to engage is dicey. Kathy Miller Perkins, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Dicey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dicey. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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