verb (used with object)
Origin of daunt
British Dictionary definitions for dauntingness
verb (tr; often passive)
Word Origin for daunt
Word Origin and History for dauntingness
c.1300, "to vanquish," from Old French danter, variant of donter (12c., Modern French dompter) "be afraid of, fear, doubt; control, restrain," from Latin domitare, frequentative of domare "to tame" (see tame (v.)). Sense of "to intimidate" is from late 15c. Related: Daunted; daunting.