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

Other Words from daredevil


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This historical novel tells the unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life at any cost. courant.com, 23 Mar. 2022 Back home, he was known for daredevil stunt-flying. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, 2 Dec. 2021 Now, the Historic Longboard Revival Series draws those with a daredevil spirit from all around. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In this musical hour-long special, daredevil Gonzo accepts what might be his greatest challenge: to spend a night in the Haunted Mansion. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 No one was injured April 24 when daredevil pilots Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington tried to jump out of separate planes into the other to land them. Jay Blackman, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Maverick zooms into the Naval base on his Kawasaki each day and continues to get his kicks as a daredevil test pilot, resisting the advancement in rank from captain that would have grounded him by now. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2022 In a Wednesday Instagram post, Goodwin, the 42-year-old former daredevil, shared a photo of himself in a wheelchair holding his dog. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Still a daredevil at 70, Corey’s dad was body surfing when a rogue wave slammed his skull into the sand. Stephen Rodrick, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2022 Guy Martin, a truck mechanic from Northern England, has become the modern world’s foremost daredevil and speed king. Taylor Brown, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2022 The series tells the story of Gary Betzner, a daredevil crop-duster pilot in Arkansas. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 That death-defying daredevil Evel Knievel came to Kings Island to perform his most successful jump in 1975. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for daredevil


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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