[dawnt-lis, dahnt-]


not to be daunted or intimidated; fearless; intrepid; bold: a dauntless hero.


(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.

Origin of dauntless

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

Synonyms for dauntless

Antonyms for dauntless

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Historical Examples of dauntless

  • 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



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

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

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