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adjective, risk·i·er, risk·i·est.
  1. attended with or involving risk; hazardous: a risky undertaking.
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Origin of risky

First recorded in 1820–30; risk + -y1
Related formsrisk·i·ly, adverbrisk·i·ness, nounun·risk·y, adjective
Can be confusedrisky risqué


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Examples from the Web for unrisky

Historical Examples

  • It was an achievement not unrisky, but we managed to reach the other side without mishap.

    Across China on Foot

    Edwin Dingle

British Dictionary definitions for unrisky


adjective riskier or riskiest
  1. involving danger; perilous
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Derived Formsriskily, adverbriskiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrisky



1825, from risk (n.) + -y (2). Riskful in same sense is from 1793. Related: Riskiness.

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