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risqué

[ri-skey; French rees-key]
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adjective
  1. 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
Can be confusedrisky risqué

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risqué

adjective
  1. bordering on impropriety or indecencya risqué joke
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Word Origin

C19: from French risquer to hazard, risk
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Word Origin and History for risque

adj.

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

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