risky

adjective
\ ˈri-skē How to pronounce risky (audio) \
riskier; riskiest

Definition of risky

: attended with risk or danger : hazardous

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Other Words from risky

riskiness noun

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dangerous, hazardous, precarious, perilous, risky mean bringing or involving the chance of loss or injury. dangerous applies to something that may cause harm or loss unless dealt with carefully. soldiers on a dangerous mission hazardous implies great and continuous risk of harm or failure. claims that smoking is hazardous to your health precarious suggests both insecurity and uncertainty. earned a precarious living by gambling perilous strongly implies the immediacy of danger. perilous mountain roads risky often applies to a known and accepted danger. shied away from risky investments

Examples of risky in a Sentence

Her plan is too risky.

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The majority of the deaths happened due to risky behavior that resulted in drowning, transportation accidents, and falls. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "This Teen Fell Off A Bridge While Trying To Take a Selfie And Broke Almost Every Bone in His Face," 21 Feb. 2019 On the other hand, vapes are considered less risky than cigarettes for adult smokers — although there’s still a lot to learn about these largely unregulated products. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Juul’s nicotine salts are dominating the market — and other companies want in," 21 Nov. 2018 Purchasing a car, sight unseen, from a stranger might not seem risky for some buyers. Carroll Lachnit, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds: Tips on how to avoid fraud when buying a car online," 22 June 2018 Patterson received some of the phages intravenously—an approach considered risky because toxins from bacteria used to grow the phages could linger in the mixture. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Can bacteria-slaying viruses defeat antibiotic-resistant infections? A new U.S. clinical center aims to find out," 21 June 2018 Purchasing a car, sight unseen, from a stranger might not seem risky for some buyers. Washington Post, "Edmunds: How to avoid fraud when buying a car online," 20 June 2018 If that seems too risky, Apple and Samsung both sell refurbished phones. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "What to Think About Before Buying a Used Smartphone," 25 May 2018 Further escalation with the West now seems both risky and unlikely to help Mr Putin much. The Economist, "Fresh challenges for Vladimir Putin in his supposedly final term," 10 May 2018 Following Sierra Nevada’s lead, the US brewing industry slowly chugged to life: Brewing, to John Hall, seemed just risky enough to be fun but sensible enough to be practical. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "How Goose Island sale to Anheuser-Busch changed craft beer; new book by Tribune beer writer Josh Noel," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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risky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of risky

: involving the possibility of something bad or unpleasant happening : involving risk

risky

adjective
\ ˈris-kē How to pronounce risky (audio) \
riskier; riskiest

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