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adjective, fool·har·di·er, fool·har·di·est.
  1. recklessly or thoughtlessly bold; foolishly rash or venturesome.
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Origin of foolhardy

1175–1225; Middle English folhardy < Old French fol hardi. See fool1, hardy1
Related formsfool·har·di·ly, adverbfool·har·di·ness, noun


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impetuous, headlong, heedless, incautious.
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  • But the fear and confidence of the coward or foolhardy or madman, on the contrary, are base?

  • You know, it occurred to me later that was a foolhardy thing to say!

  • Should you not have said that he was remarkable for his prudence rather than thoughtless or foolhardy?

  • Well, of all the foolhardy, cowardly tricks, I believe that takes the premium!

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

    Burt L. Standish

  • Then what a pretty fix he would have got himself into, just by a foolhardy freak!

    Potts's Painless Cure

    Edward Bellamy

British Dictionary definitions for foolhardy


adjective -hardier or -hardiest
  1. heedlessly rash or adventurous
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Derived Formsfoolhardily, adverbfoolhardiness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French fol hardi, from fol foolish + hardi bold
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Word Origin and History for foolhardy


early 13c., from fool (n.) + Middle English hardi "bold;" hence "foolishly brave" (see hardy). Cf. Old French fol hardi.

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