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
Recent Examples on the Web Fans may remember this trip to Anguilla and St. Barts from a risque Instagram post Bieber shared at the time, featuring the couple locking lips and fueling romance rumors. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Justin Bieber Impresses Hailey Baldwin on the Tennis Court in Sweet Throwback Video," 14 Jan. 2020 Walmart removed several pieces of holiday merchandise from its Canadian website after customers took offense to a line of risque Christmas clothing. BostonGlobe.com, "Walmart removes Christmas clothing that likens snow to cocaine," 11 Dec. 2019 Walmart removed several pieces of holiday merchandise from its Canadian website after customers took offense to a line of risque Christmas clothing. Deanna Paul, Anchorage Daily News, "Walmart pulls Christmas sweaters that mixed Santa with sex and cocaine," 10 Dec. 2019 Though the crowd stood up and cheered as Lizzo showed off her risque attire, cameras quickly cut back to the dancers. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lizzo Showed Her Thong at a Lakers Game, and She's Not Sorry About It," 10 Dec. 2019 Wilson occasionally touched on risque subjects, but his best work for Playboy - and later for the New Yorker, Esquire and other publications - grew out of his diabolical, Wizard of Odd sensibility. Matt Schudel, chicagotribune.com, "Gahan Wilson, cartooning’s master of the creepy and the macabre, dies at 89," 24 Nov. 2019 But the craziest part of the sketch weren't the risque comments. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Had the Best Reaction to Harry Styles Saying His Name Wrong," 21 Nov. 2019 The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night in the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor, and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits. BostonGlobe.com, "Beckham says he’ll appeal $14,037 fine," 6 Oct. 2019 With the help of Billy Porter, who performed two songs, the ever-theatrical design duo stuck to the musical’s theme, focused on a cabaret, and stayed true to their risque style Monday for the New York Fashion Week show. Washington Post, "The Blonds go over-the-top with the help of ‘Moulin Rouge’," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Risqué.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risqu%C3%A9. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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risqué

adjective
How to pronounce risqué (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of risqué

: referring to sex in a rude and slightly shocking way

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