daring

[dair-ing]

noun

adventurous courage; boldness.

adjective

bold or courageous; fearless or intrepid; adventurous.

Nearby words

  1. dargah,
  2. dari,
  3. daric,
  4. darien,
  5. darier's disease,
  6. daringly,
  7. dario,
  8. dariole,
  9. darius,
  10. darius i

Origin of daring

First recorded in 1575–85; dare + -ing1, -ing2

Related forms

dare

[dair]

verb (used without object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or dare.

to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!

verb (used with object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or 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.

auxiliary verb

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.

noun

an act of daring or defiance; challenge.

Origin of dare

before 900; Middle English dar (v.), Old English dear(r), 1st and 3rd person singular present indicative of durran; akin to Old High German gitarran

Related formsdar·er, nounre·dare, verb (used with object), re·dared, re·dar·ing.un·dared, adjective

Synonym study

1. Dare, venture imply involvement in risks and dangers. Dare emphasizes the state of mind that makes one willing to meet danger: He dared to do what he knew was right. Venture emphasizes the act of doing something that involves risk: He ventured into deep water.

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British Dictionary definitions for daring

daring

adjective

bold or adventurous; reckless

noun

courage in taking risks; boldness
Derived Formsdaringly, adverb

dare

verb

(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
  1. (it is) quite possible (that)
  2. probably: used as sentence substitute

noun

a challenge to do something as proof of courage
something done in response to such a challenge
Derived Formsdarer, noun

Word Origin for dare

Old English durran; related to Old High German turran to venture

usage

When used negatively or interrogatively, dare does not usually add -s: he dare not come; dare she come? When used negatively in the past tense, however, dare usually adds -d: he dared not come

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