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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Other Words from daredevil


daredevilry \ ˈder-​ˌde-​vᵊl-​rē How to pronounce daredevilry (audio) \ noun
daredeviltry \ ˈder-​ˌde-​vᵊl-​trē How to pronounce daredeviltry (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 At one point, the cat unleashes from a box two little daredevils, Thing One and Thing Two, who ask to shake the children’s hands. The New Yorker, "Quarantine Culture Recommendations: “The Cat in the Hat,” Ambient Electronica, and Tolstoy," 10 Apr. 2020 Amelia Earhart, who would go on to become America’s most famous woman pilot, was a daredevil on a sled as a child. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "20 women who were ‘Born to Fly’ — and opened the skies for all," 29 Feb. 2020 Place new houses in locations where there are clear flight lanes and open space, because the little daredevils like to dive bomb their way in and out. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Purple martins are back. How to attract them to your San Antonio yard," 27 Feb. 2020 Every year, a crowd of brave, bedecked daredevils lines up along the ocean shore in Virginia Beach, and charges headfirst into the frigid winter waters. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Valentine's stories that will make you believe in love," 15 Feb. 2020 Lume Cube, which is based in Carlsbad, California, launched four years ago as a maker of lighting accessories for creators—video producers, YouTubers, GoPro-wearing daredevils. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Lights! Camera! Meeting! Video Conferencing Gets a Makeover," 26 Feb. 2020 Here, at high tide, powerful whirlpools in the Skookumchuk Narrows form a natural playground for adventurous kayakers, who navigate the rapids like daredevils. Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, "A British Columbia Road Trip With Forest Views and Craft Brews," 26 Feb. 2020 Well, a magical swimming hole that has been attracting daredevils from all over the state for years. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "23 things to do on a Texas Hill Country road trip, from bluebonnets to tubing," 13 Feb. 2020 Her proselytizing in the produce aisles came as Americans graduated from the meat and potatoes of the 1950s and spawned today’s culinary daredevils. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Frieda Caplan, ‘Queen of Kiwi,’ Enlivened American Cuisine," 22 Jan. 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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“Daredevil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daredevil. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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