ris·​qué ri-ˈskā How to pronounce risqué (audio)
: verging on impropriety or indecency : off-color
a risqué joke

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of risqué was in 1867

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“Risqué.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risqu%C3%A9. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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