adjective, risk·i·er, risk·i·est.

attended with or involving risk; hazardous: a risky undertaking.

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

Synonyms for risky

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Examples from the Web for unrisky

Historical Examples of unrisky

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

British Dictionary definitions for unrisky


adjective riskier or riskiest

involving danger; perilous
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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