\ 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 The killing was a risky move that brought the two nations closer to war than at any point in recent memory. Washington Post, "US officials cite deterrence to defend lethal drone strike," 14 Jan. 2020 As a result, Gayeski said investors could be missing out on bigger gains by shunning riskier parts of the stock market, such as tech, in favor of stodgy, dependable dividend payers. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "How to stay invested if you're a worrier," 13 Jan. 2020 About a quarter of these risky loans are held by collateralized loan obligations (CLO), according to the Financial Stability Board (FSB). John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Risky corporate debt is piling up, out of sight from global regulators," 7 Jan. 2020 The puck line is risky business in this battle between the top two teams in the Central. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche odds, picks and best bets," 2 Jan. 2020 Perhaps the most potentially risky, the mayor has tested his relationships with several City Council members who normally would be natural ideological allies. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg making headway on second-term agenda but running afoul of natural allies," 31 Dec. 2019 Naspers’ move beyond the continent also reflected a wider trend: in pursuit of growth and profits, some of Africa’s biggest startups are increasingly making the risky bet of expanding beyond the continent. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The biggest trends in African tech and startups in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 The safety interventions that were taken following Stromboli’s deadly eruptions underscore the fact that volcano tourism is inherently a risky business. Andrea Frazzetta, National Geographic, "What it’s like to live in the shadow of an active volcano," 29 Dec. 2019 That has always struck me as a rather risky strategy. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Decade of Enduring Male Fragility," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

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“Risky.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risky. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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