[ der-ing-doo ]
/ ˈdɛr ɪŋˈdu /


daring deeds; heroic daring.

Nearby words

  1. derp,
  2. derrick,
  3. derrida,
  4. derrida, jacques,
  5. derriere,
  6. derringer,
  7. derris,
  8. derrière,
  9. derro,
  10. derry

Origin of derring-do

1325–75; Middle English durring-do literally, daring to do, erroneously taken as noun phrase. See dare, do1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for derring-do


/ (ˈdɛrɪŋˈduː) /


archaic, or literary a daring spirit or deed; boldness or bold action

Word Origin for derring-do

C16: from Middle English durring don daring to do, from durren to dare + don to do

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Word Origin and History for derring-do



originally (late 14c.) dorrying don, literally "daring to do," from durring "daring," present participle of Middle English durren "to dare" (see dare (v.)) + don, infinitive of do (v.). Misspelled derrynge do 1500s and mistaken for a noun by Spenser, who took it to mean "manhood and chevalrie;" picked up from him and passed on to Romantic poets as a pseudo-archaism by Sir Walter Scott.

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