dar·​ing | \ ˈder-iŋ How to pronounce daring (audio) \

Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: venturesomely bold in action or thought



Definition of daring (Entry 2 of 2)

: venturesome boldness

Other Words from daring


daringly \ ˈder-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce daring (audio) \ adverb
daringness noun

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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 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Interpretations of the dress code took many forms: sharp collared suit jackets over barely-there slip dresses (or, for the especially daring, just lingerie). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 1 May 2022 It’s about casting your net far and wide near the 2nd and daring to follow your own intuition. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 1 May 2022 But the Tochka is more valuable to Ukraine, which aside from saboteurs and daring helicopter raids lacks a reliable means of hitting Russian targets inside Russia. David Axe, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Jackson’s self-conscious caricatures of Blackness also ratchet up to fill the space, playfully daring audiences of any color to respond. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Bray’s style is more aggressive and daring than former Oregon State defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar. oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2022 Bourgoin’s mother, Franziska Glöckner, was as mysterious and daring as her husband. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Here, 130 of the most memorable, daring, and over-the-top outfits ever. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2022 Along with Tems and Amaarae, an array of women artists is emerging, and daring to push past the limitations of conservative societal expectations, to offer diverse notions of African femininity to the world on their own terms. Ify Obi, Billboard, 24 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Few could strut through the streets of Paris in nothing but a thong and a transparent tulle dress, but such daring is what makes Rihanna unique. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2022 Best Actress nominee Kristen Stewart made that case with a daring, yet elegant Chanel shorts suit. Cady Lang, Time, 28 Mar. 2022 Isabelle Huppert has been a star for over 40 years, carving out a career of remarkable style and unusual daring. Marley Marius, Vogue, 16 Mar. 2022 By the end of the decade, Yeoh had mastered Hong Kong cinema, in which quickness and precision blend with flashy, playful daring. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2022 Leaflets in Italy told of his exploits, his daring, and his reputation for incorruptibility. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 Youthful daring fueled that outrage, but its roots were the wounds of a difficult childhood. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2022 But Lindsay made a daring behind-the-back pass to White, who scored with 6 seconds left to force overtime. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 17 Mar. 2022 Though the show was singularly Bjork's vision, the production was Bowie-esque in its grandiosity and artistic daring. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of daring


1575, in the meaning defined above


1584, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for daring


dar·​ing | \ ˈder-ing \

Kids Definition of daring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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