[ri-skey; French rees-key]


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

Origin of risqué

1865–70; < French, past participle of risquer to risk
Can be confusedrisky risqué

Synonyms for risqué

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Examples from the Web for risque

Contemporary Examples of risque

  • Risque material can rise above being offensive as long as it's funny.

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    February 25, 2013

  • Jagger initially added some shock value to her image, when taking on the risque Hudson Jeans campaign last summer at 17.

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    April 18, 2010

  • Because it was oh-so- raunchy and the kids today like the risque, and the dirty language and the sexual situations.

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    January 17, 2010

Historical Examples of risque

British Dictionary definitions for risque



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

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

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