risky

[ ris-kee ]
/ ˈrɪs ki /
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adjective, risk·i·er, risk·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. risk life and limb,
  2. risk management,
  3. risk-averse,
  4. risk-benefit,
  5. risktaker,
  6. risorgimento,
  7. risorius muscle,
  8. risotto,
  9. risque,
  10. risqué

Origin of risky

First recorded in 1820–30; risk + -y1

SYNONYMS FOR risky
Related formsrisk·i·ly, adverbrisk·i·ness, nounun·risk·y, adjective

Can be confusedrisky risqué

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Examples from the Web for riskiness

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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for riskiness

risky

/ (ˈrɪskɪ) /

adjective riskier or riskiest

involving danger; perilous
Derived Formsriskily, adverbriskiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for riskiness

risky

adj.

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

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