risky

adjective
\ 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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Environmentalists decry the method as overly risky, and regulatory permitting for these projects is a bruising process. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 The method was extremely risky, but dwindling oxygen levels in the cave and fears of more monsoon rains to come made a decision urgent. Anchorage Daily News, "With V-for-Victory sign, rescued Thai boys celebrate freedom," 12 July 2018 The method was extremely risky, but dwindling oxygen levels in the cave and fears of more monsoon rains to come made a decision urgent. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, chicagotribune.com, "Hospital: Kids rescued from flooded cave in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water," 11 July 2018 The method was extremely risky, but dwindling oxygen levels in the cave and fears of more monsoon rains to come made a decision urgent. Washington Post, "Kids lost weight but ‘took care of themselves’ in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 It was complicated and risky, and the move took four days. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Idaho's largest sequoia was uprooted, moved in Boise last June. It likes its new home," 25 June 2018 The host of techniques employed at hyper speed are complex and risky, and include long stretches of simulclimbing and short fixing. Kelly Cordes, Outside Online, "Even Tommy Caldwell Questioned the Nose Speed Record," 13 June 2018 However, relying on herd immunity to keep your child safe is risky. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Critics Blast Kat Von D as She Reveals She Opposes Vaccinations and Plans to Raise Her Son Vegan," 8 June 2018 Cheerleading can be exceptionally risky, and hard on the body. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "No one gets the short end in college athletics more than a cheerleader," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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risky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of risky

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

risky

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

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