fool·​har·​dy | \ ˈfül-ˌhär-dē How to pronounce foolhardy (audio) \

Definition of foolhardy

: foolishly adventurous and bold : rash a foolhardy explorer foolhardy investors

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foolhardily \ ˈfül-​ˌhär-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce foolhardily (audio) \ adverb
foolhardiness \ ˈfül-​ˌhär-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce foolhardiness (audio) \ noun

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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 foolhardy in a Sentence

hikers who were foolhardy enough to remain on the summit during a thunderstorm it's foolhardy to go hiking during late fall without warm clothes

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So far in his presidency, Trump has largely escaped personal responsibility or political consequences for his bad and foolhardy policies. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Awful Middle East Policies Are Coming Back to Haunt Him," 17 Sep. 2019 To pin it all on the protection would be foolhardy. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: You can’t brush off Jimmy Garoppolo’s horrible preseason debut," 19 Aug. 2019 Rich countries would be foolhardy to forgo it, but can probably afford to. The Economist, "One way or another the deluge is coming," 15 Aug. 2019 This is the sort of foolhardy criticism White and UCF has had to endure. Mike Bianchi,, "UCF’s Danny White: ‘We could schedule 49ers, Dolphins and Bears and still not get in 4-team playoff’ | Commentary," 13 Aug. 2019 Historians have assumed that most of Franklin’s men died in 1848 on the foolhardy quest to the Back River. National Geographic, "In 1845 explorers sought the Northwest Passage—then vanished," 8 Aug. 2019 In short, whatever foolhardy things Trump may tweet, Ilhan Omar is not suited to return and fix Somalia, rather to join a segment of the American elite. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Ilhan Omar Is Completely Assimilated," 16 July 2019 Weakening that in pursuit of getting overflowing coffers to overflow even faster seems foolhardy. Globe Staff,, "The NFL’s bid to expand regular season a reckless pursuit of revenue," 15 July 2019 Assuming that the past decade’s worth of market growth will continue indefinitely is foolhardy, Goldberg said. NBC News, "What are all these tariffs doing to your 401(k)?," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of foolhardy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of foolhardy

: foolishly doing things that are too dangerous or risky


fool·​har·​dy | \ ˈfül-ˌhär-dē How to pronounce foolhardy (audio) \

Kids Definition of foolhardy

: foolishly adventurous : reckless a foolhardy action

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