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

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 Even the most daring cross-stylistic experiment eventually occupies just another niche. Matthew Guerrieri, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the classical took control of the jazz in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’," 28 Feb. 2018 From time to time, when the bayou was low, especially daring Houstonians would go on foraging missions that sometimes had deadly consequences. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 Filmed in the short-lived (but well-preserved) Trucolor process, its hues are pastel and boldly deployed, and the use of space is equally daring and expressive. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Dance / Film / On Video Joan Crawford shines in five Hollywood classics," 26 June 2018 After initially considering a red-and-black ensemble, Walker was challenged by stylist Boushra AlChabaoun to be more daring. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "From Dolphin Ethics to Moon Landings, Lonnie Walker IV Unloads Scorching Takes," 21 June 2018 For spring 2019, bridal designers were more daring than ever. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "The Most Beautiful Wedding Gowns for Spring 2019," 27 Apr. 2018 Today, their daring rescue is being celebrated as a symbol of global cooperation. latimes.com, "Today: The Chaos of Reunification," 11 July 2018 As Harden has established himself as one of the NBA’s marquee players, his style has become increasingly daring, punctuated by that signature beard, a built-in accessory that seems to go with everything. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Tony Kanaan makes a daring inside move on the back straightaway to move into 9th. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Indy 500 heads toward the finish," 27 May 2018 Rich, ambitious, unconstrained by democratic institutions and too often untempered by experience, the three royals have the daring to lead their countries to a post-oil future, and to promote more moderate forms of Islam. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 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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More Definitions for daring

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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