risky, risqué
Risky is the general word meaning ‘involving risk’, whereas the French loanword risqué means ‘slightly indecent’ (especially with reference to humour) and therefore risking shock.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Risky — Risk y, a. Attended with risk or danger; hazardous. A risky matter. W. Collins. [1913 Webster] Generalization are always risky. Lowell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • risky — index aleatory (perilous), dangerous, impulsive (rash), insalubrious, insecure, noxious, precarious …   Law dictionary

  • risky — 1826, from RISK (Cf. risk) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • risky — precarious, hazardous, *dangerous, perilous Analogous words: *adventurous, venturesome: chancy, *random, haphazard, hit or miss, happy go lucky …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • risky — [adj] dangerous chancy, delicate, dicey*, endangered, fraught with danger*, going for broke*, hairy*, hanging by a thread*, hazardous, iffy*, insecure, jeopardous, long shot*, not a prayer*, off the deep end*, on slippery ground*, on the spot*,… …   New thesaurus

  • risky — ► ADJECTIVE (riskier, riskiest) ▪ involving risk. DERIVATIVES riskily adverb riskiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • risky — [ris′kē] adj. riskier, riskiest involving risk; hazardous; dangerous riskily adv. riskiness n …   English World dictionary

  • risky */ — UK [ˈrɪskɪ] / US adjective Word forms risky : adjective risky comparative riskier superlative riskiest involving the possibility of danger, harm, or failure I wouldn t do it if I were you – it s too risky. The decision is a politically risky one …   English dictionary

  • risky — risk|y [ rıski ] adjective * involving the possibility of danger, harm, or failure: I wouldn t do it if I were you, it s too risky. The decision is a politically risky one. risky to do something: It would be risky to invest all your money in the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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