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[ris-kee] /ˈrɪs ki/
adjective, riskier, riskiest.
attended with or involving risk; hazardous:
a risky undertaking.
Origin of risky
First recorded in 1820-30; risk + -y1
Related forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
unrisky, adjective
Can be confused
risky, risqué.
dangerous, perilous. Unabridged
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  • Lieut. Rodgers was convinced that this method was too risky and that some other must be devised.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • That, if you will excuse my saying so, seems to me rather too risky a venture.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • "Too risky to scale that," Frank mused, as he noted the sharp-pointed palings.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • "That was a risky thing you did just then," he whispered to Betty.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • It pleased her much to anticipate an end to a risky situation.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for risky


adjective riskier, riskiest
involving danger; perilous
Derived Forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for risky

1825, from risk (n.) + -y (2). Riskful in same sense is from 1793. Related: Riskiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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