An example of risk is going into a burning building to save someone.
To risk one's life.
A poor risk.
His action risked a sharp reprisal.
To risk a fight.
An example of risk is a teenage boy on a car insurance policy.
An example of risk is a vacation in the Middle East during a war.
- In an endangered state, especially from lack of proper care:Unsupervised children who are at risk of dropping out of school.
- in danger of damage, injury, loss, etc.
Other Word Forms
Origin of risk
- French risque from Italian risco, rischio probably from Medieval Greek rizikon sustenance obtained by a soldier through his own initiative, fortune from Arabic rizq sustenance, that which God allots from Syriac ruziqā daily bread from Middle Iranian rōčig from rōč day from Old Iranian raučah- leuk- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From earlier risque, from Middle French risque, from Italian risco ("risk"; > Modern Italian rischio), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Latin *resicum (“that which cuts, rock, crag") (> Medieval Latin resicu), from Latin resecō (“cut off, loose, curtail", verb), in the sense of that which is a danger to boating or shipping; or from Ancient Greek ῥιζικόν (rhizikón, “root, radical, hazard"). Cognate with Spanish riesgo, Portuguese risco