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dar·​ing ˈder-iŋ How to pronounce daring (audio)
: venturesomely bold in action or thought
daringly adverb
daringness noun


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: venturesome boldness
Choose the Right Synonym for daring

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
As seen in the clip, Kim wore a beige lehenga on Saturday, after opting for a daring red version of the garment for Friday night's festivities. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 14 July 2024 These ladies are found all over the world, but a new study showed these daring butterflies migrate across the ocean for thousands of miles. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 13 July 2024
Founded in 2004, Participant Media, a production company known for its sociopolitical daring, burned an unusually bright arc across a filmscape that, more typically, reserved its fireworks for superheroes. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2024 More provocative and meaningful than Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, Zahavi's mannered work of emotional terror will shock you with its daring but also inspire you with its power. The Week Staff, theweek, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for daring 

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Word History

First Known Use


1575, in the meaning defined above


1584, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of daring was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Daring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daring. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: ready to take risks
daringly adverb


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: fearless boldness

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