\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Research indicates that the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are when children are most likely to engage in risky behaviors, especially when left unsupervised. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 30 Oct. 2020 Avoiding the grieving process can also lead you to deal with it in an unhealthy way, like self-medicating or engaging in risky behaviors, says Robinson. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "Chrissy Teigen's Heartbreaking Photos Reminded Me There's No Right Way to Grieve," 17 Oct. 2020 Cowie said the findings suggest a minority of Oregonians are engaging in multiple risky behaviors like frequently gathering in large groups indoors and not wearing masks. oregonlive, "Most Oregonians wear masks, but gatherings remain a concern, survey finds," 13 Oct. 2020 That could be feelings of boredom and restlessness that could lead to substance abuse or engaging in risky behaviors to relieve those feelings. Ryan Prior, CNN, "National Coming Out Day: Coming out during a pandemic," 11 Oct. 2020 Mass media campaigns have successfully decreased risky behaviors such as alcohol/tobacco use, failure to use seatbelts, and reluctance to have cancer screenings. Kelly Lambert, Scientific American, "Can a Cartoon Raccoon Keep Schoolkids Safe from COVID-19?," 4 Aug. 2020 Space exploration is risky, and two weeks ago a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship, a 160-foot silvery rocket that founder Elon Musk wants to send to Mars, was meant to gently land during a test. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Year in Space Travel," 21 Dec. 2020 The technique helps speed up the ascent, but is risky. Ben Church, CNN, "'We should be less afraid to be afraid,' says Emily Harrington after historic El Capitan climb," 18 Dec. 2020 However, the form suggested that abstaining from the study was risky, too. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of Human Challenge Trials," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of risky was in 1813

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13 Jan 2021

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“Risky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risky. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce risky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of risky

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


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

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