from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Uncertain as to outcome; risky; hazardous.
  • adjective Random; haphazard.
  • adjective Scots Lucky; propitious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Uncertain; changeful.
  • Fortunate; lucky; propitious; foreboding good: applied to either persons or things, and generally used with a negative in the sense of uncanny: thus, persons suspected of possessing magical arts are regarded as not (or no) chancy.
  • Favorable; safe: as, a chancy wind: generally used with a negative: as, not chancy (that is, dangerous).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective depending on chance.
  • adjective subject to accident or chance or change.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective uncertain, risky, hazardous
  • adjective subject to chance; random

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective subject to accident or chance or change
  • adjective of uncertain outcome; especially fraught with risk


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