Definition of risqué in US English:



  • Slightly indecent and liable to shock, especially by being sexually suggestive.

    ‘his risqué humor’
    • ‘If you think either color is a bit risqué, wear it in the form of something classic, like a crewneck or button-down shirt.’
    • ‘If you're ready for a change in your look, but aren't just ready to add risqué items to your wardrobe, then take the style plunge by taking bigger risks with smaller articles.’
    • ‘It's a good idea to be a little more conservative on the first date and then, once you start getting to know the person a little more, you can start showing off the more risqué side of your wardrobe. intriguing imagination’
    • ‘It was slightly more risqué than the other outfits, only because of the midriff and back showing, along with some cleavage.’
    • ‘Although some items listed below are more risqué than conservative, part of being stylish is knowing what's appropriate for different occasions and crowds.’
    • ‘A bit too much of a risqué subject,’ Ree said with a little grin.’
    • ‘They were both being risqué, breaking the barrier between friendship and courtship, but neither complained because neither minded.’
    • ‘The couple next to me has begun a rather risqué make-out session and from the front of the bus, I can hear a baby crying.’
    • ‘In short, you get the suggestion of something risqué - a tease.’
    • ‘The new, though somewhat risqué dance was extremely fashionable, and was favored by the young and amorous, as it allowed them to be in close contact with each other.’
    • ‘Instead, it's a very conventional comedy with a premise that might've been considered risqué 20 years ago but is now the stuff of even the most banal sitcoms.’
    • ‘And people were dancing, in the center of the room, dozens of gorgeous people swaying to the beat, showing no reluctance to throw themselves into risqué moves.’
    • ‘She tended to wear the short skirts and the slightly risqué shirts or tank tops, but somehow she could pull the look off without being labeled a slut.’
    • ‘So far, its risqué new TV ads aren't adding up to car sales’
    • ‘It sounds risqué, but even in context it really is a tease.’
    • ‘We browsed through several stores in the mall, but everything I found was either too conservative, too risqué, too expensive, too fancy, or too simple.’
    • ‘Though its cut was less risqué than many of the other gowns, its colour was an almost blatant invitation when a male looked upon her.’
    • ‘She is wearing an elegant Victorian dress, with the bodice cut slightly low enough to be a little risqué, guessing at the time frame of their society.’
    • ‘She looked down self-consciously at the nearly sheer linen that covered her arms, wondering if it was too risqué, coupled with everything else.’
    • ‘Attempting to capture the saucy spirit of the movies and genre on which the series was based, and even featuring several of the frisky familiar faces from the films, one would anticipate a risqué, ribald offering.’
    bawdy, indecent, ribald, rude, racy, broad, earthy, rabelaisian, spicy, suggestive, titillating, improper, naughty, indelicate, indecorous, off colour, locker-room
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Mid 19th century: French, past participle of risquer ‘to risk’.