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dice +‎ -y



dicey (comparative dicier, superlative diciest)

  1. Fraught with danger.
  2. Of uncertain, risky outcome.
    • 2012, Jonathan Deutsch, Natalya Murakhver (editors), They Eat That?: A Cultural Encyclopedia of Weird and Exotic Food from Around the World, page 161,
      Devouring the flesh of animals killed on roadways can be a bit dicey.
  3. Of doubtful or uncertain efficacy, provenance, etc.; dodgy.
    • 1992, Vincent O'Sullivan, The Witness Man, in Palms and Minarets: Selected Stories, page 95,
      As if I'm not a bit past that, Clem thought, as if with his dicey ticker and all he shouldn′t be taking life pretty quietly, instead of waking with the old memoroes disturbing him.
    • 2011, Jay Baer, Amber Naslund, The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter and More Social, page xv,
      If you were in the business of selling dicey meat, the invention of the telephone rocked your world.
  4. (slang) Nauseating, rank.
    • 2011, Keemholems Ojei, The Narcodollar Chieftains: The Narcotics Godfathers[1], page 101:
      Some more birds were scared off by the dicey smell. The man was dying gradually.