daredevil

[ dair-dev-uh l ]
/ ˈdɛərˌdɛv əl /

noun

a recklessly daring person.

adjective

recklessly daring.

Origin of daredevil

First recorded in 1785–95; dare + devil
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daredevil

/ (ˈdɛəˌdɛvəl) /

noun

a recklessly bold person

adjective

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

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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