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risqué

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

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

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Origin of risqué

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH risqué

risky, risqué
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British Dictionary definitions for risqué

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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