verb (used without object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or dare.
verb (used with object), dared or (Archaic) durst; dared; daring; present singular 3rd person dares or dare.
Origin of dare
Synonyms for dare
Related Words for dursttaunt, 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of durst
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
- (it is) quite possible (that)
- probably: used as sentence substitute
Word Origin for dare
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.