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daredevil

adjective dare·dev·il \ ˈder-ˌde-vᵊl \

Definition of daredevil

:recklessly and often ostentatiously daring

Examples of daredevil in a Sentence

  1. his daredevil stunts are sure to end in disaster someday

  2. a daredevil driver who thinks that drag racing on city streets is a harmless game

Recent Examples of daredevil from the Web

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First Known Use of daredevil

1727

Synonym Discussion of daredevil

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

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daredevil

noun

Definition of daredevil

:a recklessly bold person

daredevilry

play \-vᵊl-rē\ noun

daredeviltry

play \-vᵊl-trē\ noun

Examples of daredevil in a Sentence

  1. He has always been a bit of a daredevil.

  2. that little daredevil has broken an arm and an ankle this year alone

Recent Examples of daredevil from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'daredevil.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of daredevil

1794

daredevil Synonyms

Synonyms
devil, madcap, madman
Related Words
berserk (or berserker), cowboy, hotdog, showboat

DAREDEVIL Defined for English Language Learners

daredevil

noun

Definition of daredevil for English Language Learners

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


DAREDEVIL Defined for Kids

daredevil

noun dare·dev·il \ ˈder-ˌdev-əl \

Definition of daredevil for Students

:a person who does dangerous things especially for attention


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