Definition of risky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪski/

adjective (riskier, riskiest)

1Full of the possibility of danger, failure, or loss: it was much too risky to try to disarm him
More example sentences
  • It is only a matter of how long the risky lending and losses are allowed to accumulate.
  • Participating artists discuss the concept of risk, and what makes art risky business.
  • Putting your money in the stock market is a risky business.
dangerous, fraught with danger, high-risk, hazardous, perilous, unsafe, insecure, exposed, defenceless, precarious, touch-and-go, tricky, treacherous;
informal chancy, dicey, sticky, hairy
British informal dodgy
North American informal gnarly
archaic or humorous parlous
2Risqué: their risky patter made the guests laugh



Pronunciation: /ˈrɪskɪli/
Example sentences
  • I think that the closer you are to your object the better you see details and you broadcast it accurately, but riskily.


Pronunciation: /ˈrɪskɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • But today, lenders can adjust the interest rates they charge borrowers according to the riskiness of the loan, so that they can make a profit by lending in the inner city.
  • She said the sheet of questions may serve to remind teenagers of the riskiness of some of their choices, although that's not its purpose.
  • Although the criteria for the different classifications are not strictly bound, it is important for investors to understand these terms, which are not only ubiquitous but also useful for gauging a company's size and riskiness.

Words that rhyme with risky

frisky, whisky

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