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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.
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Origin of risky

First recorded in 1820–30; risk + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM risky

risk·i·ly, adverbrisk·i·ness, nounun·risk·y, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH risky

risky , risqué
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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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What are some other forms related to risky?

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

What are some synonyms for risky?

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How is risky used in real life?

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

How to use risky in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for risky

risky
/ (ˈrɪskɪ) /

adjective riskier or riskiest
involving danger; perilous

Derived forms of risky

riskily, adverbriskiness, noun
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