[dair-dev-uh l]


a recklessly daring person.


recklessly daring.

Origin of daredevil

First recorded in 1785–95; dare + devil
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Related Words for daredevil

adventurer, stuntman, madcap, show-off, hotdog

Examples from the Web for daredevil

Contemporary Examples of daredevil

Historical Examples of daredevil

  • 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.


    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



a recklessly bold person


reckless; daring; bold
Derived Formsdaredevilry or daredeviltry, noun
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Word Origin and History for daredevil

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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