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[dawnt-lis, dahnt-]
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  1. not to be daunted or intimidated; fearless; intrepid; bold: a dauntless hero.
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  1. (initial capital letter) Also called Douglas SBD. the principal U.S. Navy fleet bomber of early World War II, capable of carrying bombs or depth charges and particularly successful as a dive bomber.
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Origin of dauntless

First recorded in 1585–95; daunt + -less
Related formsdaunt·less·ly, adverbdaunt·less·ness, noun

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  • And, firm and dauntless, Morton laid his hand on the giant's vest.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • But she has never since been quite so dauntless, quite so full of the joy of life.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war, There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.

  • And straight against that great array, forth went the dauntless three.

  • To his bower was Beowulf brought in haste, dauntless victor.



British Dictionary definitions for dauntless


  1. bold; fearless; intrepid
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Derived Formsdauntlessly, adverbdauntlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dauntless


1590s, from daunt + -less. Related: Dauntlessly.

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