foolhardy

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adjective fool·har·dy \ˈfül-ˌhär-dē\

Definition of foolhardy

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

foolhardily

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foolhardiness

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Examples of foolhardy in a sentence

  1. hikers who were foolhardy enough to remain on the summit during a thunderstorm

  2. it's foolhardy to go hiking during late fall without warm clothes

13th Century

First Known Use of foolhardy

13th century

Synonym Discussion of foolhardy

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

FOOLHARDY Defined for English Language Learners

foolhardy

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adjective fool·har·dy \ˈfül-ˌhär-dē\

Definition of foolhardy for English Language Learners

  • : foolishly doing things that are too dangerous or risky


FOOLHARDY Defined for Kids

foolhardy

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adjective fool·har·dy \ˈfül-ˌhär-dē\

Definition of foolhardy for Students

  1. :  foolishly adventurous :  reckless a foolhardy action



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