daunting

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

Definition of daunting

: tending to overwhelm or intimidate a daunting task

Other Words from daunting

dauntingly \ ˈdȯn-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce daunting (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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11 Jan 2022

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“Daunting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daunting. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for daunting

daunting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of daunting

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

daunting

adjective
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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