adjective, brav·er, brav·est.
- a bully.
- a boast or challenge.
verb (used with object), braved, brav·ing.
verb (used without object), braved, brav·ing.
Origin of brave
Synonyms for brave
Antonyms for brave
Related Words for bravenesscourageousness, heart, valiancy, grit, daring, nerve, guts, fearlessness, pluck, intrepidity, gallantry, heroism, pluckiness, valor, boldness, gameness, mettle, bravery, valiance, intrepidness
Examples from the Web for braveness
Historical Examples of braveness
But I got to stuttering, and my braveness stuttered itself away.Danny's Own Story
One often related story concerning her braveness as a baby and her own opinion of this quality of hers is this.Chapters from My Autobiography
Yet had this been a lion of average strength and braveness he must have killed or severely injured both.Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
You say it is all "Comrades" and braveness out there at the front, and people don't think of themselves.Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays)
- having or displaying courage, resolution, or daring; not cowardly or timid
- (as collective noun preceded by the)the brave
Word Origin for brave
late 15c., from Middle French brave, "splendid, valiant," from Italian bravo "brave, bold," originally "wild, savage," possibly from Medieval Latin bravus "cutthroat, villain," from Latin pravus "crooked, depraved;" a less likely etymology being from Latin barbarus (see barbarous). A Celtic origin (Irish breagh, Cornish bray) also has been suggested.
Old English words for this, some with overtones of "rashness," included modig (now "moody"), beald ("bold"), cene ("keen"), dyrstig ("daring"). Brave new world is from the title of Aldous Huxley's 1932 satirical utopian novel; he lifted the phrase from Shakespeare ("Tempest" v.i.183).
"to face with bravery," 1776, from French braver, from brave (see brave (adj.)). Related: Braved; braving.