Meaning of “risky” in the English Dictionary

"risky" in British English

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riskyadjective

uk /ˈrɪs.ki/ us /ˈrɪs.ki/
riskily
adverb uk /ˈrɪs.kəl.i/ us /ˈrɪs.kəl.i/

(Definition of “risky” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"risky" in Business English

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riskyadjective

uk /ˈrɪski/ us

involving the possibility that something bad might happen or that something will fail or lose money:

Even over the long run, stocks are risky.
a risky asset/investment
The travel sector is risky for investors.

BANKING, FINANCE used to describe a person or business that may not be safe to lend money to:

Economists have been arguing about the crisis in mortgage lending to risky borrowers.
This credit card has a standard APR of 14.9 but a far higher rate of 24.9 for riskier customers.
a risky business

something that involves risk or the chance of failure:

Trading in penny shares is a risky business as any kind of bad news can have a drastic effect on the share price.

(Definition of “risky” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)