risqué

[ ri-skey; French rees-key ]
/ rɪˈskeɪ; French risˈkeɪ /

adjective

daringly close to indelicacy or impropriety; off-color: a risqué story.

Nearby words

  1. risky,
  2. risorgimento,
  3. risorius muscle,
  4. risotto,
  5. risque,
  6. riss,
  7. rissole,
  8. rissolé,
  9. ristra,
  10. risus caninus

Origin of risqué

1865–70; < French, past participle of risquer to risk

Can be confusedrisky risqué

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British Dictionary definitions for risque

risqué

/ (ˈrɪskeɪ) /

adjective

bordering on impropriety or indecencya risqué joke

Word Origin for risqué

C19: from French risquer to hazard, risk

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Word Origin and History for risque

risque

adj.

"tending toward impropriety," 1867, from French risqué, past participle of risquer "to risk" (see risk (v.)).

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