\ˈri-skē \
riskier; riskiest

Definition of risky 

: attended with risk or danger : hazardous

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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 program, which is now running at a loss, in effect subsidizes risky behavior. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Flood insurance is broken," 20 Sep. 2018 The first step is the riskiest: Falling too early puts you dangerously close to the rock face. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 That kind of improvisation is the riskiest and the most challenging kind of performance work. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Why artist Rafa Esparza led a surreal art parade through the heart of L.A.'s fashion district," 25 June 2018 Boosts diversification The more your money is placed in different types of investment and assets — such as large stocks or small ones, domestic stocks or foreign equities, bonds or real estate — the less risky your portfolio becomes. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "401(k) investors: 5 big reasons why you should own small stocks," 7 June 2018 Though bupivacaine is used as a local anesthetic across the hospital, for all sorts of procedures, Columbia now reserves the dextrose preparation for the most risky and complicated of emergency deliveries. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018 Take a look at the gallery above to see the risky and alluring looks the stars wore to the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival. Carolina Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "Models, actresses try out revealing gowns at the Cannes Film Festival," 19 May 2018 Now, the sudden return of lockstep moves could indicate that tightening U.S. monetary policy and slower global growth will push riskier investments even lower. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Markets Moving in Lockstep Are Latest Warning Sign," 24 Oct. 2018 Having decided that selling her fictionalized creations was too risky, Israel instead opted to go back to her original MO, with a twist. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Lee Israel and the Literary Forgeries in Can You Ever Forgive Me?," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of risky

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


\ˈris-kē \
riskier; riskiest

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