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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Trying to find your perfect mix of pillows can be a ]daunting task with all the available options. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Are you a pillow lover or minimalist?," 6 June 2019 Any mother-to-be—particularly a first-time mother-to-be—knows how daunting and overwhelming the prospect of becoming a mother is. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Royals Expert Answers All Your Questions About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby," 2 Apr. 2019 Keeping up with local politics can be a daunting and confusing task sometimes. Jordan Ray, star-telegram, "Who won, lost in Tarrant County during May's city and school elections | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018 For too many, taking part in the scientific process is seen as a distant and daunting endeavor. National Geographic, "Why We Created This First-of-Its-Kind Digital Field Journal," 17 Apr. 2018 The interface was puzzling and that people would be confused by all this dense and daunting interface. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Lauren Goode on her final Too Embarrassed to Ask," 4 Apr. 2018 Stamping out misogyny in all its forms is complex and daunting. Hector De Leon, Houston Chronicle, "My father was a misogynist, and I still feel guilty," 20 Mar. 2018 If your car is relatively clean and all of these steps seem daunting and time-consuming, a one-step cleaner wax may be the best choice for you. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Wash Your Car Like a Pro," 9 Nov. 2017 Secretary Pompeo rightly says that his department is backlogged in processing a daunting number of refugees. Luma Simms, WSJ, "Iraqi Refugees Deserve Special Treatment," 23 Sep. 2018

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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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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