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

audacious, brash, foolhardy, madcap, overbold, overconfident, reckless, temerarious

Synonyms: Noun

devil, madcap, madman

Antonyms: Adjective

careful, cautious, circumspect, guarded, heedful, prudent, safe, wary

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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


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


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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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 The style-savvy student at Pacific Ridge School turned her love of fashion and dislike of final exams into a daredevil bet with her history teacher — and won. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Student's costumes make the grade for history class," 31 July 2017 Form is hindmost in Lynda Benglis’s impetuous, daredevil art. Holland Carter, Roberta Smith And Ken Johnson, New York Times, "‘Velvet Rage, Flaming Youth and the Gift of Desperation’," 6 Oct. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rivera recalls — a Canadian daredevil action-figure named Duke Caboom, a stuntman evocative of Evel Knievel’s era, who might get a few one-liners. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "The 10 best secrets, surprises and Easter eggs from ‘Toy Story 4’," 25 June 2019 Reeves provides voice work for the film, playing Doom Caboom, a gung-ho Canadian motorcycle daredevil with a glaring Hulk Hogan-like mustache. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Keanu Reeves’ Emeryville adventure: Digging ‘deep’ into the soul of his ‘Toy Story’ role," 18 June 2019 Now, are there any daredevils out there cool enough to try this look at home? Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Someone Dyed Their Hair to Look Like a Vomiting Emoji and It’s Going Viral on Instagram," 25 May 2019 But in life, he was known by friends as a daredevil in both the education field and at home. Jordyn Brown, The Seattle Times, "Remembering Siegfried ‘Zig’ Engelmann’s legacy of learning," 12 Apr. 2019 Yes, this is the steep and deep land of World Cups and Winter Olympics, but the Italian Alps is also home to wide, groomed runs (86 percent are blue and red, the easiest), which means paradise for intermediate skiers with a daredevil streak. Amy Tara Koch, Vogue, "The Slopes Less Taken: Going on a Ski Safari in the Dolomites," 7 Mar. 2019 The practice has acquired a cult following among daredevils who enjoy the adrenaline rush of wrestling with fish that can weigh up to 70 pounds. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Like Bush and Obama, Trump gets stuck on immigration," 21 June 2018 This humble Midwestern daredevil had enlisted at 18 to see the world. Josh Snider, Popular Mechanics, "The Everything Workshop," 4 Dec. 2018 Aries are daredevils who dive head first into any challenge (and quite fittingly, in medical astrology, this sign governs the cranium). Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018

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1727, in the meaning defined above


1794, in the meaning defined above

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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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