daring

adjective
dar·​ing

Definition of daring 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: venturesomely bold in action or thought

daring

noun

Definition of daring (Entry 2 of 2)

: venturesome boldness

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Other Words from daring

Adjective

daringly \ -​iŋ-​lē \ adverb
daringness noun

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Adjective

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 daring in a Sentence

Adjective

a daring reporter who has covered several wars She's a daring innovator in the field of biotechnology. a daring plan to steal the famous painting She decided to wear a daring dress to the party. ideas that are new and daring the artist's daring use of color

Noun

Skydiving requires both skill and daring. He performs the trick with the daring of a stuntman.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Princess Eugenie of York is known for far more than her daring style, stunning engagement ring, and royal family drama. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Princess Eugenie's Net Worth?," 23 May 2018 But many now hope that Mr. Kim’s daring style and Mr. Trump’s unpredictability combine to offer the chance to break the decades-old nuclear stalemate in Korea. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Fear and Hope in South Korea on Eve of Summit With Kim Jong-un," 24 Apr. 2018 Bragga remained daring enough to allow another Moths-Clemens battle in the third inning. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "UT defeats Tennessee Tech to force Game 3 of super regional," 10 June 2018 Will his crush's daring embolden him, or keep him in the closet? Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner play his supportive (albeit in the dark) parents, and Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Katherine Langford are the friends in his corner. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Tomb Raider,' 'Love, Simon,' 'I Can Only Imagine' and more movies in Milwaukee," 15 Mar. 2018 For her address to Congress last month Kourtney went for a bit more of a daring look by wearing a black blazer and straight leg trousers, along with a white crop top that showed off a hint of her abs and booties. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Decoding Kim and Kourtney Kardashian's Washington D.C. Style," 31 May 2018 South Korean movie star Choi Eun-hee, who was kidnapped by North Korean agents in the 1970s and forced to make propaganda flicks before a daring escape, died Monday, her family said. Fox News, "South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, once kidnapped by North Korea, dead at 92," 17 Apr. 2018 Close In light of high demand for this live stream please visit our partner page to continue watching the live event at http://www.yahoo.com A 17-year-old girl made a daring escape after someone tried to kidnap her on the way to school October 5. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "A Brave Teen Jumped Out of a Moving Car to Escape Her Kidnapper," 8 Oct. 2015 This is the most daring movement which has ever come under our observation. Eugene L. Meyer, Washington Post, "‘GREAT EXCITEMENT. Runaway Slaves’: The slave uprising that Maryland seems to want to forget," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heading to New York eatery Panna II Garden to celebrate her 27th birthday last night with her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard and a host of friends, Ratajkowski chose a daring sheer jumpsuit. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Celebrates Her Birthday in the Most Glamorous Granny Panties," 8 June 2018 Like all great art, this novelconsistently eludes us in leaps of grace and daring, though never without suggesting the rudiments of a path, a new way forward. Dustin Illingworth, latimes.com, "Elusive leaps of grace and daring: Rachel Cusk's 'Kudos'," 31 May 2018 Each of these works has a backstory—a detail about darkroom process, compositional daring, reception by the public, issues with the model or the editors, its inspiration to colleagues or its shock value. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011’ Review: Capturing the Trend," 10 July 2018 But what saved the boys in the end was planning—and a whole lot of daring. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Daring Rescue that Saved the Thai Soccer Team," 10 July 2018 Ten years earlier, all bicycles had been high-wheelers, and riding one had been largely the province of daring, athletic men. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 He was praised for his daring, often shown in a balletic move on the covers of surf magazines. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018 In the 86th minute, Hess made a daring and deft run past two defenders through the left side of the box and had a clear look at the net from six yards out, but a Lasers defender got a foot on the shot to send it wide. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Penalty kick in overtime sends Bay Port to state championship game over Kettle Moraine," 14 June 2018 The Gators were in danger of stranding runners on the corners for the second straight inning, but instead took the lead on some daring and deceptive baserunning. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gators earn return trip to CWS on wild walk-off home run," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of daring

Adjective

1575, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

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daring

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: willing to do dangerous or difficult things

: showing a lack of fear

daring

noun

English Language Learners Definition of daring (Entry 2 of 2)

: the quality of being willing to do dangerous or difficult things : courage or fearlessness

daring

adjective
dar·​ing | \ˈder-ing\

Kids Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: ready to take risks : bold, venturesome a daring explorer

daring

noun

Kids Definition of daring (Entry 2 of 2)

: bold fearlessness : readiness to take chances It took daring to fly the first airplanes.

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