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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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Examples from the web for risque
  • Advocates of such laws want to keep the risque covers out of the view of minors.
  • Not many people can talk about so many risque issues with humor and without being offensive.
  • We decided to cut the risque stuff out, and played our show.
  • Its risque elements are mild, including a shot of bare buttocks used to good comic effect.
  • It includes some off-color language and one mildly risque musical routine.
  • Also one of their less risque, but no less enjoyable, works.
British Dictionary definitions for risque


bordering on impropriety or indecency: a risqué joke
Word Origin
C19: from French risquer to hazard, risk
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Word Origin and History for risque

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

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