- Archaic. simple past tense of dare.
- to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!
- to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
- to meet defiantly; face courageously.
- to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy: to dare a man to fight.
- to have the necessary courage or boldness to (used chiefly in questions and negatives): How dare you speak to me like that? He dare not mention the subject again.
- an act of daring or defiance; challenge.
- dare say, daresay.
Origin of dare
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Examples from the Web for durst
For More Committed Drinkers: Comedian Will Durst offers a drinking game on his blog at the San Francisco Chronicle.State of the Union Drinking Games
Shushannah Walshe, David A. Graham
January 25, 2011
She's awful clever, and none but a clever one durst say a word to her.Little Dorrit
If he were one of those who had suffered by the rioters, he durst not give him entertainment.Barnaby Rudge
The Turf Club would not have him; he durst not show at Tattersall's.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
When she brought him one, he durst not look at it before his hosts.At Pinney's Ranch
Reach out we could not; stir we durst not; all we could do was to wait and listen.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- a past tense of dare
- (tr) to challenge (a person to do something) as proof of courage
- (can take an infinitive with or without to) to be courageous enough to try (to do something)she dares to dress differently from the others; you wouldn't dare!
- (tr) rare to oppose without fear; defy
- I dare say or I daresay
- (it is) quite possible (that)
- probably: used as sentence substitute
- a challenge to do something as proof of courage
- something done in response to such a challenge
Word Origin and History for durst
see dare (v.).
1590s, from dare (v.).
from first and third person singular of Old English durran "to brave danger, dare; venture, presume," from Proto-Germanic *ders- (cf. Old Norse dearr, Old High German giturran, Gothic gadaursan), from PIE *dhers- "to dare, be courageous" (cf. Sanskrit dadharsha "to be bold;" Old Persian darš- "to dare;" Greek thrasys "bold;" Old Church Slavonic druzate "to be bold, dare;" Lithuanian dristi "to dare," drasus "courageous").
An Old English irregular preterite-present verb: darr, dearst, dear were first, second and third person singular present indicative; mostly regularized 16c., though past tense dorste survived as durst, but is now dying, persisting mainly in northern English dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.