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
Recent Examples on the Web Chuck’s foolhardy radical infatuation places him in familiar Communist-socialist gun sights. Armond White, National Review, "Public Enemy Meets the Enemy," 8 Apr. 2020 Walmsley began the race at a torrential pace that many of the veterans viewed as foolhardy. New York Times, "Can the King of Ultrarunning Conquer a Race as Short as the Marathon?," 11 Feb. 2020 Staying in Paris went against all my instincts, but going seemed foolhardy. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Reinventing Grief in an Era of Enforced Isolation," 4 May 2020 Drawing sweeping conclusions from existing data is foolhardy. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Health experts are calling Indiana an emerging coronavirus hot spot. But how bad is it?," 5 Apr. 2020 Yet, in his pullback from the Syrian border, exposing our Kurdish allies to a Turkish invasion, Trump now has his own version of Obama’s foolhardy pullout from Iraq that created the opening for the rise of ISIS. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Trump’s Syria Pullback Is an Obama-Like Blunder," 15 Oct. 2019 Heroic or foolhardy, the story of the Alamo lives on, and attracts more than one-and-a-half million visitors every year. CBS News, "Almanac: "Remember the Alamo!"," 23 Feb. 2020 To some, professional adventure may seem like the frivolous pursuit of foolhardy risk-takers. National Geographic, "His tale of crossing Antarctica was riveting. But how much was fiction?," 3 Feb. 2020 But this would be a foolhardy way to secure their testimony. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Don’t Withhold the Articles of Impeachment," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of foolhardy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foolhardy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of foolhardy

: foolishly doing things that are too dangerous or risky


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Kids Definition of foolhardy

: foolishly adventurous : reckless a foolhardy action

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