- adventurous courage; boldness.
- bold or courageous; fearless or intrepid; adventurous.
Origin of daring
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- to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!
- to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
- to meet defiantly; face courageously.
- to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy: to dare a man to fight.
- to have the necessary courage or boldness to (used chiefly in questions and negatives): How dare you speak to me like that? He dare not mention the subject again.
- an act of daring or defiance; challenge.
- dare say, daresay.
Origin of dare
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Examples from the Web for daring
The Bees Laline Paull (Ecco) This arresting debut novel is a daring dystopian story set in a beehive.The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
Just like Watson, Ansari is daring to elicit antagonism and ignorant accusations on account of his feminist beliefs.The Perils of Glitzy Celebrity Feminism Having a Moment
October 15, 2014
Not that Modern Family would ever make such a daring move at this point.Stop Hating on ‘Modern Family’ (But Also Stop Giving It Emmys)
October 15, 2014
It is a tale of courage and commitment, daring and determination.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
Beautiful, daring and smart, Sophie managed to elude arrest on many occasions.Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss
J. North Conway
September 7, 2014
Now it was another and older man, daring, intelligent, unscrupulous.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
What daring boldness, what a strange revolt of a patient against his doctor!The Imaginary Invalid
Their thieves are the most daring and their agents the most cunning.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
At length the most daring of the "patriots" emitted a tentative hiss.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
But it is not altogether courage and daring that endear him to our hearts.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- bold or adventurous; reckless
- courage in taking risks; boldness
- (tr) to challenge (a person to do something) as proof of courage
- (can take an infinitive with or without to) to be courageous enough to try (to do something)she dares to dress differently from the others; you wouldn't dare!
- (tr) rare to oppose without fear; defy
- I dare say or I daresay
- (it is) quite possible (that)
- probably: used as sentence substitute
- a challenge to do something as proof of courage
- something done in response to such a challenge
Word Origin and History for daring
late 14c., verbal noun from dare (v.).
1590s, from dare (v.).
from first and third person singular of Old English durran "to brave danger, dare; venture, presume," from Proto-Germanic *ders- (cf. Old Norse dearr, Old High German giturran, Gothic gadaursan), from PIE *dhers- "to dare, be courageous" (cf. Sanskrit dadharsha "to be bold;" Old Persian darš- "to dare;" Greek thrasys "bold;" Old Church Slavonic druzate "to be bold, dare;" Lithuanian dristi "to dare," drasus "courageous").
An Old English irregular preterite-present verb: darr, dearst, dear were first, second and third person singular present indicative; mostly regularized 16c., though past tense dorste survived as durst, but is now dying, persisting mainly in northern English dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.