risqué

adjective
ris·​qué | \ ri-ˈskā How to pronounce risqué (audio) \

Definition of risqué

: verging on impropriety or indecency : off-color a risqué joke

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Examples of risqué in a Sentence

a song with risqué lyrics the bridal shower was filled with risqué banter and laughter

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Matt Minnicino’s adaptation takes a playful, even risque approach with the verse as a catty set of upper-crusters gossip and gripe in the South of France. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century," 5 June 2019 By the 1960s, women were tossing off their bras and underwear was becoming more risque. Shira Feder, Vox, "The rise of granny panties," 5 June 2019 Fumée, chaleur, eau... nous verrons si nos courageuses abeilles sont encore parmi nous dès que nous aurons accès à l'emplacement, ce qui risque de prendre beaucoup de temps. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Bees Kept on Notre-Dame's Roof Survived the Fire," 19 Apr. 2019 Kanye West has found a risque new way to incorporate his wife, Kim Kardashian, into his Yeezy fashion campaign. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Kanye West launches Yeezy campaign with nude Kim Kardashian lookalike models," 13 June 2018 These photos are not risque, or provocative, or slutty. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "This Underwear Model Posing in a Wheelchair Is Breaking Stereotypes and We Couldn’t Be Happier," 11 July 2018 For connoisseurs of risque humor, an oil’s mouthfeel also pairs exquisitely with jokes about extra virgins. Ted Trautman, San Francisco Chronicle, "California’s olive oil craze: rooted in the far north counties," 7 June 2018 Here Come the Mummies, a funk-rock band that specializes in risque lyrics. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Anthony Hamilton, Warrant added to Indiana State Fair concert lineup," 19 June 2018 As time went on there was more acceptance to put bawdy on stage, so the 1987 version was more risque. Randall G. Mielke, Aurora Beacon-News, "'Cabaret' gains new relevance in current political times," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of risqué

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for risqué

French, from past participle of risquer to risk, from risque

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The first known use of risqué was in 1867

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risqué

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of risqué

: referring to sex in a rude and slightly shocking way

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