- Archaic. simple past tense of dare.
- to have the necessary courage or boldness for something; be bold enough: You wouldn't dare!
- to have the boldness to try; venture; hazard.
- to meet defiantly; face courageously.
- to challenge or provoke (a person) into a demonstration of courage; defy: to dare a man to fight.
- to have the necessary courage or boldness to (used chiefly in questions and negatives): How dare you speak to me like that? He dare not mention the subject again.
- an act of daring or defiance; challenge.
- dare say, daresay.
Origin of dare
Related Wordstaunt, insult, resist, oppose, threaten, provoke, defy, cartel, stump, provocation, spurn, bully, cope, front, confront, goad, denounce, face, disregard, brave
Examples from the Web for durst
For More Committed Drinkers: Comedian Will Durst offers a drinking game on his blog at the San Francisco Chronicle.State of the Union Drinking Games
Shushannah Walshe, David A. Graham
January 25, 2011
She's awful clever, and none but a clever one durst say a word to her.Little Dorrit
If he were one of those who had suffered by the rioters, he durst not give him entertainment.Barnaby Rudge
The Turf Club would not have him; he durst not show at Tattersall's.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
When she brought him one, he durst not look at it before his hosts.At Pinney's Ranch
Reach out we could not; stir we durst not; all we could do was to wait and listen.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- a past tense of dare
- (tr) to challenge (a person to do something) as proof of courage
- (can take an infinitive with or without to) to be courageous enough to try (to do something)she dares to dress differently from the others; you wouldn't dare!
- (tr) rare to oppose without fear; defy
- I dare say or I daresay
- (it is) quite possible (that)
- probably: used as sentence substitute
- a challenge to do something as proof of courage
- something done in response to such a challenge
Word Origin and History for durst
see dare (v.).
1590s, from dare (v.).
from first and third person singular of Old English durran "to brave danger, dare; venture, presume," from Proto-Germanic *ders- (cf. Old Norse dearr, Old High German giturran, Gothic gadaursan), from PIE *dhers- "to dare, be courageous" (cf. Sanskrit dadharsha "to be bold;" Old Persian darš- "to dare;" Greek thrasys "bold;" Old Church Slavonic druzate "to be bold, dare;" Lithuanian dristi "to dare," drasus "courageous").
An Old English irregular preterite-present verb: darr, dearst, dear were first, second and third person singular present indicative; mostly regularized 16c., though past tense dorste survived as durst, but is now dying, persisting mainly in northern English dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.