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

Definition of risky

: attended with risk or danger : hazardous

Other Words from risky

riskiness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for risky

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 Even before sanctions last year, importing wood from Myanmar was risky for buyers in the West. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 And the more similar the new strain is to the last version the person fought off, the less risky that strain will be to the host. Vivek Ramaswamy, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2022 James didn’t end up needing a risky brain implant to rebuild his life. Kelly Clancy, Wired, 10 Jan. 2022 But while the department goes through the rule-making process, the student protections provided by the previous gainful employment regulation won't be in place, allowing people to potentially enroll in risky college programs in the meantime. Katie Lobosco, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 Holzhauer’s strategy — to start with the high-value clues, hunt for the Daily Doubles and make risky wagers — proved to be a winning one for him, and some contestants took note. New York Times, 9 Jan. 2022 And that was a risky thing to do as an actor going into a project that was already established. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2022 It’s always risky to forecast the future, and events in transportation may well be swamped by rising inflation, the November midterms, and Chinese and Russian invasions of Taiwan and Ukraine. Diana Furchtgott-roth, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2022 Alsup has asked the utility to explain its procedures for handling one of its most risky circuits. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2022

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“Risky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risky. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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