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.
- bravais lattice,
- brave face, put on a,
- brave it out,
- brave new world,
- brave the elements,
- brave west winds
Origin of brave
Examples from the Web for braver
It is difficult to conceive of a braver woman alive today than Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
So even though Israelis are painfully aware of the never-ending threats, they're also braver because of them.
Seems like people in dangerous neighborhoods are braver and trust in God more than people in safer neighborhoods-if you ask me.
Kidon operatives are even more innovative, braver, and physically fitter than other Mossad men and women.Are Israeli Agents Assassinating Iranian Scientists? A New Book Argues|Dan Raviv, Yossi Melman|July 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Yes, he could have been braver about closing Guantánamo and undoing the damage to civil liberties inflicted by George W. Bush.Obama Stump Speech Reflects More Modest Vision of America’s Global Ambitions|Peter Beinart|May 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And scores of women and men are living better and braver lives because they had her for their minister's wife.The Man From Glengarry|Ralph Connor
Had I been braver about it, I should have been less suspicious.The Seven-Branched Candlestick|Gilbert W. (Gilbert Wolf) Gabriel
When he found he had been scared by an owl, he was so ashamed that he forced himself to be braver thereafter.Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout|Alfred Bishop Mason
Nothing in the world but a lot of experiments which a braver man than I would shrink from.The Slave of Silence|Fred M. White
"Braver things have been done by those of your profession who have gone among lepers," said the old gentleman sadly.The Tracer of Lost Persons|Robert W. Chambers
- 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.