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
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.
He is right furious thereat, and raged for two days like a madman, so that I durst not venture near him.The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn|Evelyn Everett-Green
I wondered how O'mie could be so calm when I durst not trust myself to speak.The Price of the Prairie|Margaret Hill McCarter
Yet no bishop, no theologian, durst oppose their quackery and their fraud.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
- (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.