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From earlier risque, from Middle French risque, from Italian risco ("risk"; > Modern Italian rischio) and Italian rischiare ("to run into danger"). Most dictionaries consider the etymology of these Italian terms uncertain, but some suggest they perhaps come 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).

A few dictionaries express more certainty. Collins says the Italian risco comes from Ancient Greek [Term?] ‎(cliff) due to the hazards of sailing along rocky coasts. The American Heritage says it probably comes from Medieval Greek riziko "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-, from the Indo-European root leuk-.

Cognate with Spanish riesgo, Portuguese risco


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  • Hyphenation: ri‧si‧co


risico n ‎(plural risico's, diminutive risicootje n)

  1. risk
    Je loopt het risico te vallen.
    You run the risk of falling.
    Luisteren op eigen risico.
    Listen at your own risk.


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  1. first-person singular present indicative of risicare