[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.

Nearby words

  1. daumier,
  2. daumier, honoré,
  3. dauncy,
  4. daunt,
  5. daunting,
  6. dauntlessly,
  7. daunus,
  8. dauphin,
  9. dauphine,
  10. dauphiness

Origin of dauntless

First recorded in 1585–95; daunt + -less

Related formsdaunt·less·ly, adverbdaunt·less·ness, noun

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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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