• WordNet 3.6
    • adj chancy subject to accident or chance or change "a chancy appeal at best","getting that job was definitely fluky","a fluky wind","an iffy proposition"
    • adj chancy of uncertain outcome; especially fraught with risk "an extremely dicey future on a brave new world of liquid nitrogen, tar, and smog"- New Yorker"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chancy Uncertain; changeful.
    • chancy 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.
    • chancy Favorable; safe: as, a chancy wind: generally used with a negative: as, not chancy (that is, dangerous).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Chancy (coll.) lucky, bringing good luck: also risky, uncertain
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cheance—Low L. cadentia—L. cadĕre, to fall.


In literature:

It's one o' them chancy things as fools thrive on.
"Adam Bede" by George Eliot
B., who wanted him, decided the shot too chancy.
"The Land of Footprints" by Stewart Edward White
Yonder comes Chancy his son.
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
You know what a hazardous, chancy, short-lived thing is the fashion of a woman.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
A dark road, pitted with shell holes and slimy with mud, is chancy.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
Lord K. made a grimace; he thought this too chancy.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
The Pole's position was chancy enough to satisfy even his melodramatic soul.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
Carleton's position was chancy enough in all conscience.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Pr'aps it's a lion, an' they do say that it's chancy work to go near a wounded lion.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
But to lead him into the chancy sort of deal Kirby had outlined was entirely too dangerous.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
Then Travis made a chancy cast for the lower window of the nearest tower.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
There was, perhaps, a certain wisdom in this, a wisdom of a dashing chancy nature.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Include as a factor Hyman by all means, for lacking him our chain of chancy coincidence would lack a most vital link.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
It was a chancy plan at best, and would probably break down long before any visit could be made to the city.
"The Ethical Engineer" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey
Too expensive, too chancy.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
The writer of this leaflet claims to have transcribed his account from an account in "Judge Chancy's own hand".
"A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718" by Wallace Notestein
And our hills," he concluded, in a lower tone, "are not ower chancy in other respects, besides the breaking up o' the storm.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume I" by Various
I thought of that, but it was a bit too chancy.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
Madame has told me to hurry over to Chancy for the doctor.
"Asbeïn" by Ossip Schubin
Matron Kowalski on night duty had a habit of turning that light off and on at chancy intervals after midnight.
"The Trial of Callista Blake" by Edgar Pangborn

In poetry:

And that's just where the trouble lies;
There is a Restless Me that cries
For chancy risks and changing scene,
For arctic blue and tropic green,
For deserts with their mystic spell,
For lusty fun and raising Hell,
"The Double Life" by Don Blanding

In news:

Sotto Sopra, where Gordon's used to be in Amagansett, is a lovely place for pizza, but ordering anything else is chancy.
Lottery partner has chancy background.
The number of conversations about doctoral education and the chancy academic job market has reached saturation.
N a sense, the aerial photographs of Yann Arthus-Bertrand are happy accidents: he took them from aircraft in 60 countries, and composition on the fly is chancy.
There are still riches to be found here in the great, round-topped mountains brooding over the eastern rim of the Salt Lake Valley, although sometimes the finding is as chancy as it once was for prospectors in this old mining town.
Chancy Drugs co-owners and brothers Hugh Chancy, left holding scissors, and Bert Chancy, right holding scissors, gather with their family and employees for a group photo after the ceremonial ribbon cutting Thursday evening.
When Thomas Hardy drew his first chancy breaths inside a Dorset cottage in 1840, Wordsworth had yet to become England's poet laureate.
Chancie Grant was a late bloomer to volleyball, but in the 8th grade when she towered over other girls her age, it was a no brainer to join the sport.
Chancie Leonard " Buttermilk " Mercer.
"The Details," an offbeat, original, pitch dark comedy for adults, offers a chancy return role for ex-"Spider-Man" star.
ALTHOUGH finding a good melon is generally considered a difficult and chancy proposition, it is child's play compared to the odds one is up against when buying fresh pineapple.

In science:

Why then would a violation of Equation 1 (but with 3 → 3∗) fail to necessarily indicate the presence of nonlocal causation? Suppose we are dealing with a non-deterministic (i.e., irreducibly stochastic, genuinely chancy) theory.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
Moreover, these have always chanciness and fluctuation.
Synergetic Application, Equations on Rule of Law and Two-Party Mechanism
Finally, for Eq.(3a), which is consistent with determines only chanciness. It shows that persons in power treat all at individual inclinations. Conversely, common people are treated unbendingly by these leaders. This is a typical autarchy government of completely lawless.
Synergetic Application, Equations on Rule of Law and Two-Party Mechanism