dare·​dev·​il | \ ˈder-ˌde-vᵊl How to pronounce daredevil (audio) \

Definition of daredevil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: recklessly and often ostentatiously daring



Definition of daredevil (Entry 2 of 2)

: a recklessly bold person

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daredevilry \ ˈder-​ˌde-​vᵊl-​rē How to pronounce daredevil (audio) \ noun
daredeviltry \ ˈder-​ˌde-​vᵊl-​trē How to pronounce daredevil (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for daredevil

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 a jaunty 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 recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense. the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm

Examples of daredevil in a Sentence

Adjective his daredevil stunts are sure to end in disaster someday a daredevil driver who thinks that drag racing on city streets is a harmless game Noun He has always been a bit of a daredevil. that little daredevil has broken an arm and an ankle this year alone
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Now, the Historic Longboard Revival Series draws those with a daredevil spirit from all around. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A besieged embassy and the echoes of history," 2 Jan. 2020 Designed to escort bombers in the skies over Europe, Mustangs and their daredevil pilots helped win World War II. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "P-51 Mustangs, the workhorse of World War II fighters, take center stage at EAA AirVenture," 24 July 2019 Bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch, hiding under a black cowboy hat, brought a rueful heaviness to the laconic Ennis, whose fear keeps the lovers from making a life together, while tenor Glenn Seven Allen emphasized Jack’s contrastingly daredevil spirit. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Brokeback Mountain’ Review: Star-Crossed Singing Cowboys," 4 June 2018 As guests entered the grand ballroom following a reception, a duo of aerialists performed daredevil moves on swaths of fabric suspended from the ceiling. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Discovery Ball raises more than $3 million for American Cancer Society," 2 May 2018 Such sad cases sometimes appear accidental and sometimes appear to involve risky daredevil behavior -- but almost always involve alcohol. Lawrence Specker, AL.com, "Spring break safety: Manage the risks, save the fun," 1 Mar. 2018 Her parents were daredevil journalists in Los Angeles, hanging out of helicopters, sometimes with their daughter in tow, to shoot footage of news events like Madonna’s 1985 wedding to Sean Penn. Jill Abramson, New York Times, "A Memoir by Donald Trump’s Favorite Target," 12 Sep. 2017 Also advancing were 9-year-old singer Angelica Hale; daredevil skaters Billy and Emily England; and In the Stairwell, an all-male a cappella group from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'America's Got Talent': Orlando's Preacher Lawson advances," 16 Aug. 2017 America’s oldest daredevil acrobatic hand balancer’ ... [and] began his act, known as the Tower of Chairs. Richard Horan, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Arena' explores America's stadiums and their relation to the national character," 8 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An accident-prone daredevil plans an outrageous stunt to raise money for lifesaving surgery for his abusive stepfather. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 Monk’s daredevil flying has surprised some spectators unfamiliar with just how the race video is captured. New York Times, "The America’s Cup Is Now an Action Movie," 11 Mar. 2021 Nick and Angie tag along on Jess and Sam’s cabin getaway, and Angie’s daredevil nature makes the weekend more chaotic than was intended. Allison Jiang, Vulture, "15 Essential Episodes of New Girl," 25 Feb. 2021 When Yeager left Hamlin, he was already known as a daredevil. NBC News, "Chuck Yeager, Air Force officer who broke speed of sound, dies at 97," 8 Dec. 2020 When Yeager left Hamlin, he was already known as a daredevil. CBS News, "Chuck Yeager, World War II ace and first pilot to break sound barrier, has died at age 97," 8 Dec. 2020 To enter a fugu restaurant is cast as a daredevil feat akin to skydiving, with each bite a roll of the dice. New York Times, "The Appealing and Potentially Lethal Delicacy That Is Fugu," 4 Dec. 2020 When the recently late daredevil Chuck Yeager became the first human to break the sound barrier in 1947, observers knew it by the thunderous boom that rang out over the Mojave desert, marking the feat. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Google and China duke it out over ‘quantum supremacy’," 8 Dec. 2020 Revisit Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner's supersonic space jump -- a terrifying and thrilling sight to behold. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 things to know for November 11: ACA, transition, Covid-19, Vatican, Hong Kong," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of daredevil


1727, in the meaning defined above


1794, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of daredevil was in 1727

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“Daredevil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daredevil. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of daredevil

: a person who does dangerous things especially in order to get attention


dare·​dev·​il | \ ˈder-ˌdev-əl How to pronounce daredevil (audio) \

Kids Definition of daredevil

: a person who does dangerous things especially for attention

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