ris·​qué | \ri-ˈskā \

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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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 Carole sent him a funny and rather risque photo from a greeting card instead. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Carole Flynn and Brad Anderson," 2 May 2018 Patrick made 21 previous commercials for GoDaddy, some of which were racy and risque. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Danica Patrick shown as businesswoman in new GoDaddy ad," 12 Feb. 2018 But over time, as the company began to favor more professionally produced videos with larger followings and less risque content, some video creators said they were left behind. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "YouTube shooting highlights rift between YouTube, video creators," 4 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of risqué

: referring to sex in a rude and slightly shocking way

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noxious or harmful

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