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[ ris-kee ]


, risk·i·er, risk·i·est.
  1. attended with or involving risk; hazardous:

    a risky undertaking.

    Synonyms: perilous, dangerous


/ ˈrɪskɪ /


  1. involving danger; perilous

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Derived Forms

  • ˈriskiness, noun
  • ˈriskily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • riski·ly adverb
  • riski·ness noun
  • un·risky adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of risky1

First recorded in 1820–30; risk + -y 1

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Example Sentences

I know, as the pandemic trudges on, that dining out is risky, not just to myself, but to others, too.

From Eater

As the chart shows, day-trading offers the probability of the biggest negative return whereas the five- or ten-year horizon is far less risky on a relative basis.

From Fortune

So, he’s been exploring what kind of incentives will best lead drug companies to invest in the risky and costly business of vaccines.

Instead of taking a risky 90-minute flight, I opted for the nine-hour drive.

The market environment that made the strategy profitable in the past — sparser and slower financial information, riskier economic policymaking and less efficient markets — was not coming back, she argued.

From Ozy

His section on why he and his wife split—he essentially chose soccer over her—would be risky if its candor were not so refreshing.

Siding with Obama on anything, no matter how sensical, is a risky move for a would-be Republican presidential candidate.

However, welcoming refugees is an expensive and potentially risky proposition for European countries.

This makes for an unusual, and risky, subject for a musical stage show – one with origins as a kind of citizen journalism project.

Which is why some consider crossovers (a man who performs in both gay and straight adult movies) risky business.

It was risky work to leave the valuable convoy for an instant, but Malcolm felt that he must probe this mystery.

Though he knew it was risky he determined to stop and find out where he was and to inquire the shortest way to Palmyra.

We aren't used to this part of the world, you see, and so we didn't know what a risky thing we were doing.

Life itself I submitted, was a far too risky business as a whole to make each additional particular of danger worth regard.

He was in the position of a borrower driving a risky trade, or of a would-be insurer who leads an unhealthy life.


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More About Risky

What does risky mean?

Risky describes something that involves risk or hazards, as in Walking a tightrope without a net below is risky.

Risky is almost always used to describe an action taken that could lead to negative consequences, such as when you decide not to study for your final exams.

Example: Working as a firefighter is a risky but worthwhile job.

Where does risky come from?

The first records of the term risky come from around 1820. It combines the word risk, meaning “a dangerous chance,” and the suffix y, which creates adjectives out of nouns.

Risky always refers to the possibility of harm or loss, but the harm or loss can range from extremely dangerous to very slight or even figurative. Sometimes risky is used to describe illegal practices, like stealing, or practices that are bad for your health, like smoking. Businesspeople, finance managers, and stock brokers will often use the term risky to describe a business venture or investment. But risky can also be used playfully, to describe something that is very low risk but that involves a small amount of effort. Looking up word meanings in a dictionary is never risky, however!

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  • riskily (adjective)
  • riskiness (noun)
  • unrisky (adjective)

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Risky is a common word used to describe something that is hazardous.

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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for risky?

A. dangerous
B. uncertain
C. safe
D. hazardous