daring

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

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 \ ˈder-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce daringly (audio) \ 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

But there is a prior obstacle to striking any deal, however daring or flawed. The Economist, "Who would dare to speak for Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump?," 5 July 2019 Seventy years ago this month, the dress designer Ted Tinling created a daring ensemble for the lanky American tennis player. oregonlive.com, "‘Gorgeous Gussie’ Moran shocked Wimbledon 70 years ago, the first of many shocks that upended her life," 28 June 2019 Those modest-size, minimalist works yielded in the 1990s to larger, more daring sculptures that toyed with perspectives of dimensions and space while adhering to realism. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Robert Therrien, sculptor, 71; made the mundane monumental," 26 June 2019 Partygoers sported everything from inflatable flamingo suits to behind-bearing chaps, each look — well, lewk — more daring than the next. Sarah Polus, Washington Post, "Drag queens, voguing and thongs: The 1st annual Hirshhorn Ball ushers in a new kind of D.C. party," 16 June 2019 Hummus dishes range from the simple and traditional to the more daring. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Galit delivers a Middle Eastern masterpiece from James Beard-winning chef Zach Engel," 14 June 2019 Ariel is awesome and daring with her style, and perfectly shuts down any troll who questions her decisions. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "I'm in Love with Ariel Winter's New 'Little Mermaid'-Inspired Red Hair," 5 May 2019 Analysts say the goal of Mr. Guaido’s daring gambit isn’t to resolve the country’s humanitarian crisis—the aid is a drop in the bucket of Venezuela’s needs. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Showdown at Venezuelan Border Turns Deadly," 22 Feb. 2019 Celebrating Chopin, a central element of the Carnegie series, hardly seems daring. New York Times, "Trifonov and Andsnes: Different Generations, Same Curiosity," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The beach is backed by a pine forest, which is almost secondary to the menu of rental recreation: speedboats, jet skis, kayaks and SUP, with parasailing for the daring and pedal boats for the demure. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "8 spectacular Lake Tahoe beaches for maximum frolic," 30 June 2019 The daring and spectacular three-wood from the fairway at the par-five 14th that barely cleared a bunker and led to a birdie. Tod Leonard, latimes.com, "Gary Woodland wins the U.S. Open for his first major title," 16 June 2019 The daring and spectacular 3-wood from the fairway at the par-5 14th that barely cleared a bunker and led to a birdie. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woodland’s U.S. Open victory is all about the shot making," 16 June 2019 The daring flips, and the license to tumble and catapult their bodies to impossible heights, left the girls smitten, so Leung’s parents soon moved the family to nearby Parsippany so the sisters could train at an elite gym. Alice Park, Time, "Can Anyone Save the Scandal-Plagued USA Gymnastics? Li Li Leung Is Determined to Try," 13 June 2019 My theme is the daring and renown of the Portuguese, to whom Neptune and Mars alike give homage. Robert Goodwin, The New York Review of Books, "J.H. Elliott," 9 May 2019 In a daring and nakedly foolish attempt to generate power, Sripol used a taser to ignite the hydrogen and blast a foam dart. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf Gun Powered by Hydrogen Is So Powerful It Rips Darts Apart," 6 Dec. 2018 Ratajkowski walked the red carpet in a daring black Michael Kors cut-out gown. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emily Ratajkowski Debuted a Stunning Long Bob Haircut at the Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 Such political daring, tied to humanist compassion, is what’s lost in today’s politicized culture, where division is both blamed and stoked. Armond White, National Review, "Morrissey’s California Son Makes Protest Music Personal," 5 June 2019

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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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The first known use of daring was in 1575

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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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