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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lineup includes quick-change artists Sos Petrosyan and Nadejda Mititelu, who execute costume changes in the blink of an eye, and daredevil Jonathan Goodwin, who has endured hangings, burnings and shark attacks. Greg Crawford, Freep.com, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend, including Pete Davidson, Willow and Jaden Smith, Eric D'Alessandro," 27 Nov. 2019 Party-hearty daredevils jump from the peaks, snorkeling is sublime and vendors dish up big plates of yummy island food. Melanie Refffes, USA TODAY, "Shh! These are the best secret beaches in the Caribbean," 25 Nov. 2019 A few years later, in 1931, two daredevils in search of a US$25,000 prize flew from Tokyo to the state of Washington in the first nonstop flight over the Pacific Ocean. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Why would anyone want to sit on a plane for over 18 hours? An economist takes the world’s longest flight," 28 Aug. 2019 The most hair-raising among them is the intimidating Titan, a tall crane that propels and hurls daredevils 17 stories into the air at speeds of up to 60 mph. Bradley Zint, Daily Pilot, "New rides at the O.C. Fair offer high-flying thrills, polar-themed rushes and spinning tea cups," 25 July 2019 Click through the photos above for a look at Soto and his daredevil crew's downtown shots... Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Crazy photos from this daredevil crew show us a side of Houston we've never seen," 18 Nov. 2019 Expect lots of old-man jokes and daredevil adventure. Sandie Angulo Chen, Washington Post, "For the holiday movie season, favorites return full force," 12 Nov. 2019 Skrein, as Best, gets to be a daredevil pilot who is admired by everyone. Mark Kennedy, Detroit Free Press, "‘Midway’ turns World War II battle into a cartoon," 7 Nov. 2019 Instagram is cluttered with death-defying selfies, from legs dangling off the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, where a 26-year-old college student from India died in January, to daredevils showing off their yoga poses at the Trolltunga in Norway. BostonGlobe.com, "It was of a woman standing on a balcony railing of her stateroom on one of the world’s largest cruise ships — posing for a selfie.," 21 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daredevils. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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