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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Historical Examples of risky

  • 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.

  • "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 or riskiest

involving danger; perilous
Derived Formsriskily, adverbriskiness, 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.

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