chiefly Scottish
: ill-fated, mischievous
the wanchancy bullet maun have weakened his chestJohn Buchan
also : uncanny, weird

Word History


Scots wanchance misfortune (from wan- deficient, mis-—from Middle English—+ chance) + -y

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“Wanchancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wanchancy. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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