daunt·​ing | \ ˈdȯn-tiŋ How to pronounce daunting (audio) , ˈdän-\

Definition of daunting

: tending to overwhelm or intimidate a daunting task

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dauntingly \ ˈdȯn-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce dauntingly (audio) , ˈdän-​ \ adverb

Examples of daunting in a Sentence

Few things are more daunting than having to speak in front of a large crowd. Shakespeare's plays can be daunting for a young reader.
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First Known Use of daunting

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daunting

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of daunting was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of daunting

somewhat formal : tending to make people afraid or less confident : very difficult to do or deal with


daunt·​ing | \ ˈdȯn-tiŋ How to pronounce daunting (audio) \

Kids Definition of daunting

: likely to discourage or frighten a daunting challenge

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