\ ˈri-skē How to pronounce risky (audio) \
riskier; riskiest

Definition of risky

: attended with risk or danger : hazardous

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web And even with air filters, any situation with carbon dioxide over 2,000 ppm could still be risky, Huffman says. Starre Vartan, Scientific American, 13 Oct. 2021 Her doctor told her that carrying a second child to term would be extremely risky for both her and the baby. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Although some homeowners may have the skills to install a light fixture, more complicated electrical work — such as updating your home’s outdated wiring or tinkering with a circuit panel — is generally too risky for most people. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 As a woman, setting off on my own can also feel risky for its own set of reasons. Arundhati Nath, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Sep. 2021 As a tactic, this aerial bum-rush was risky for the attackers. David Axe, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Sundance and a lot of organizations supported it, which was risky for them. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 The collapsed Champlain Towers South that was once too risky for heavy machinery has now been nearly leveled with the ground as excavators removed piles of rubble Tuesday. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 14 July 2021 Forfeiting two first-round picks was risky for a franchise in a long rebuild, and the trade did not get the Bulls to the playoffs. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of risky

1813, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2021

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“Risky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risky. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of risky

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


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

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