adjective fool·har·dy \ˈfül-ˌhär-dē\

: foolishly doing things that are too dangerous or risky

Full Definition of FOOLHARDY

:  foolishly adventurous and bold :  rash
fool·har·di·ly \-ˌhär-dəl-ē\ adverb
fool·har·di·ness \-ˌhär-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of FOOLHARDY

  1. <hikers who were foolhardy enough to remain on the summit during a thunderstorm>
  2. <it's foolhardy to go hiking during late fall without warm clothes>

First Known Use of FOOLHARDY

13th century

Synonym Discussion of FOOLHARDY

adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy mean exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense. adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence <adventurous pioneers>. venturesome implies eagerness for perilous undertakings <venturesome stunt pilots>. daring implies fearlessness in courting danger <daring mountain climbers>. daredevil stresses ostentation in daring <daredevil motorcyclists>. rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought <a rash decision>. reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences <a reckless driver>. foolhardy suggests a lack of good sense <the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm>.

Rhymes with FOOLHARDY

FOOLHARDILY Defined for Kids


adjective fool·har·dy \ˈfül-ˌhär-dē\

Definition of FOOLHARDY for Kids

:  foolishly adventurous :  reckless <a foolhardy action>


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