dare·​say | \ ˌder-ˈsā How to pronounce daresay (audio) \

Definition of daresay

transitive verb

: venture to say : think probable used only in the present tense first-person singular

intransitive verb

: agree, suppose used only in the present tense first-person singular

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of daresay in a Sentence

I daresay we might manage to finish on time after all.
Recent Examples on the Web And while the mute Leatherface steals the show, the movie's documentary-like opening narration and audio of heinous news reports hint at something, daresay, more sophisticated. RenÉ A. Guzman, chicagotribune.com, 27 Oct. 2019

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

First Known Use of daresay

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About daresay

Time Traveler for daresay

Time Traveler

The first known use of daresay was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for daresay

Cite this Entry

“Daresay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daresay. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on daresay

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for daresay


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!