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daredevil

[dair-dev-uh l]
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noun
  1. a recklessly daring person.
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adjective
  1. recklessly daring.
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Origin of daredevil

First recorded in 1785–95; dare + devil
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  • He was a daredevil, who had taken his life in his hands a hundred times.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The audacity of his daredevil recklessness was become a proverb.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • There was a daredevil gleam in her lamps which set my carbureter a-splutter.

    Bizarre

    Lawton Mackall

  • It was the most marvelous instance of daredevil bravery I ever witnessed.

  • The latter named them "Daredevil" and "Wildcat," and began to break them.

    White Dandy; or, Master and I

    Velma Caldwell Melville


British Dictionary definitions for daredevil

daredevil

noun
  1. a recklessly bold person
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adjective
  1. reckless; daring; bold
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Derived Formsdaredevilry or daredeviltry, noun
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Word Origin and History for daredevil

n.

1794, "recklessly daring person," from dare (v.) + devil (n.). The devil might refer to the person, or the sense might be "one who dares the devil (cf. scarecrow, pickpocket, cutthroat). As an adjective, from 1832.

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