Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for risky
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Such shots are, of course, instantly fatal; but are too risky to try for, since they come within an inch or two of a clean miss!

  • But we can't help that; in a place like this it's too risky to break in, when we can be let in.

    The Tinted Venus F. Anstey
  • risky—but big money, and I guess were on easy street for a while.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • Melchior will tell you that it will soon be risky to attempt the high Alps.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • Occasionally he bluffed, and got a small pot; but it was risky, as he was distinctly in a run of bad luck.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
British Dictionary definitions for risky


adjective riskier, riskiest
involving danger; perilous
Derived Forms
riskily, adverb
riskiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for risky

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for risky

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for risky