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[ri-skey; French rees-key] /rɪˈskeɪ; French risˈkeɪ/
daringly close to indelicacy or impropriety; off-color:
a risqué story.
Origin of risqué
1865-70; < French, past participle of risquer to risk
Can be confused
risky, risqué.
broad, gross, indecent, ribald. Unabridged
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  • Aunt Delia McCormick told her parrot story, which was risqué, even when no gentlemen were present, for the parrot said "damn it!"

    The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
  • She labored under the pleasing conviction that his risqué remarks were invariably inspired by memories of her.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Elders of threescore demand an entrance upon the strength of risqué stories sprung from garrison-towns and college common-rooms.

  • I thought that much of the dancing, and the performance of the chorus generally, bordered on the risqué.

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
  • And I've always understood that you made a great point of never doing anything which you considered in the least risqué.

    The Powers and Maxine Charles Norris Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for risqué


bordering on impropriety or indecency: a risqué joke
Word Origin
C19: from French risquer to hazard, risk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for risqué



"tending toward impropriety," 1867, from French risqué, past participle of risquer "to risk" (see risk (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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