from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Accompanied by or involving risk or danger; hazardous: "Anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky” ( Dorothy Canfield Fisher).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dangerous, involving risks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Attended with risk or danger; hazardous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Attended with risk; hazardous; dangerous: as, a very risky business.
  • Running a risk; venturesome; bold; audacious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving risk or danger
  • adj. not financially safe or secure


risk +‎ -y (Wiktionary)


  • The philosopher of science Karl Popper coined the term risky prediction to describe the process by which scientists verify untested theories.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • Mr. Grantham expects blue chips to outperform what he calls "risky, junky companies" by a wide margin in the long run—but not until the Fed finally takes steps to raise interest rates.

    Why So Many Blue-Chip Investors Are Still Singing the Blues

  • Andrew Cuomo said New York would have power sources to replace what he calls risky nuclear reactors at the Indian Point power plant, the governor's office backtracked from claims there would soon be 3,000 megawatts of power production available.

    Cuomo Softens Power Claim

  • Now, the reality is that, dating back to the Democratic primaries, Obama talked often about his opponents using what he called his risky traits against him.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2008

  • Now, the reality is that dating back to the Democratic primaries, Obama talked often about his opponents using what he called his risky trace against him.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2008

  • And he had proved them at what he called the risky game.

    The Dop Doctor

  • The report largely focused on what it described as risky loans to homeowners who later could not afford either the adjustable mortgage rates or the principle. - News

  • She says her performance landed her in the middle of the group, which she classifies as a risky place for a contestant.

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  • McCourt bought the Dodgers in what he called a risky deal for about $430 million, a majority of which was funded with loans that needed to be refinanced within two years.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • With chutzpah pouring out of his every pore, Obama announced support for restrictions on what he defines as risky bank activities "that are central to the legislation that has passed the House under the leadership of Chairman Barney Frank, and that we're working to pass in the Senate under the leadership of Chairman Chris Dodd."

    SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists


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