Definition of dicey in English:



  • Unpredictable and potentially dangerous.

    ‘the lot of a wanderer is always dicey’
    • ‘They negotiate the dicey line between mimicry and mockery partly by dint of fascination with details.’
    • ‘Being so close to the Pacific means that the weather can be dicey: perishing cold, low cloud and sudden thaws on the lower slopes.’
    • ‘Keeping your personal relationship on even keel during this emotionally dicey period could prove difficult.’
    • ‘This has fixed the chain-jumping problem, though the gears are still a bit dicey.’
    • ‘And also this Kabul situation, when they get near there, is going to be also very dicey.’
    • ‘I think it's going to be a very dicey situation for the foreseeable future.’
    • ‘Asian Internet companies proved especially dicey for many reasons.’
    • ‘Regarding what went down at Fed Square, all I can say is that the people in question didn't get the help they needed and things got a little dicey.’
    • ‘The transport system still seems dicey, and armed insurgents rule the roads.’
    • ‘It is always a little dicey to throw around the word propaganda.’
    • ‘I figured she wouldn't be able to write the article at all - it'd be dicey.’
    • ‘Here lately, things have maybe gotten a little bit more dicey, I guess.’
    • ‘Here are a few more questions Goldman suggests homebuyers ask themselves before deciding on a dicey neighborhood.’
    • ‘Lots of people write to ask about detecting the subtle signs of a potentially dicey relationship.’
    • ‘Here's the lowdown on what you're missing - and just how dicey things really are.’
    • ‘As the BBC wrote a few days ago, a Mars landing is a pretty dicey affair.’
    • ‘Talking politics is dicey business, particularly with somebody you don't know.’
    • ‘Having to saddle up a mud-encrusted bike and ride hell-bent in inky blindness is a dicey proposition.’
    • ‘Besides the use of these drugs renders one more vulnerable to tuberculosis; and that is a very dicey situation in a country like ours.’
    • ‘When the Princeton graduate, who majored in electrical engineering and computer science, decided to make the leap on to the internet he knew it would be dicey.’
    risky, uncertain, unpredictable, touch-and-go, precarious, unsafe, dangerous, perilous, high-risk, hazardous, fraught with danger
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