\ 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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Just getting to the ski area was risky for some who left their cars a couple switchbacks up the road to Loveland Pass and hiked down to beat the vehicular backup. John Meyer, The Know, "Arapahoe Basin turns red, white and blue for Fourth of July skiing," 4 July 2019 At the same time, this isn't a good time to make major purchases or enter into risky business. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 22, 2019: Happy birthday Meryl Streep; Sagittarius, apply business skills to philanthropy," 22 June 2019 While stigma shadowed homosexuality, bedding a new lover was especially risky for gay men. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "The Theory That Justified Anti-Gay Crime," 20 June 2019 As Pride Month kicks off around the globe, the alleged attack on Geymonat and her girlfriend shows that the privileges heterosexual couples enjoy — which include showing affection in public — are still often risky for LGBTQ people, experts say. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Kiss! Kiss!: London bus attack began in a way familiar to many LGBTQ women," 7 June 2019 Bigger stocks are doing better than their smaller, riskier, brethren. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Stock Market’s Record Isn’t a Reason to Worry," 24 June 2019 Michael Keaton was the first of many risky (and worthwhile) superhero casting decisions. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "How Michael Keaton's 1989 blockbuster 'Batman' changed superhero movies forever," 20 June 2019 Such measures are risky because the waste service and energy contracts that generate revenue are increasingly shorter term and vulnerable to fluctuating market and regulatory conditions. Ana Baptista, The Conversation, "Is burning trash a good way to handle it? Waste incineration in 5 charts," 20 June 2019 Pension obligation bonds can be risky even when used properly, according to Jeffrey Michael, an economist and director of the center for business and policy research at the University of the Pacific. Jason Henry, The Mercury News, "How Inglewood sidestepped voters when it took on millions in debt to cover up a deficit, then gave raises for executives," 8 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce risky (audio) \
riskier; riskiest

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