adjective, risk·i·er, risk·i·est.

attended with or involving risk; hazardous: a risky undertaking.

Origin of risky

First recorded in 1820–30; risk + -y1
Related formsrisk·i·ly, adverbrisk·i·ness, nounun·risk·y, adjective
Can be confusedrisky risqué

Synonyms for risky

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Examples from the Web for riskiness

Historical Examples of riskiness

  • So, on the whole, I am glad you have come, although at first I was rather dismayed at the riskiness of it.

    The Rebellion of Margaret

    Geraldine Mockler

  • This trivial instance indicates the essence of generalization, and also illustrates the riskiness of the proceeding.

British Dictionary definitions for riskiness


adjective riskier or riskiest

involving danger; perilous
Derived Formsriskily, adverbriskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for riskiness



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

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