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

Definition of foolhardy

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

Other Words from foolhardy

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Best-of lists are always loaded, but summing up a year like 2021 feels particularly foolhardy. Hannah Edgar,, 8 Dec. 2021 With eateries struggling, opening during COVID was seen as an act of foolhardy optimism. Susan Dunne,, 7 Dec. 2021 Smith was asked about certain turning points in the game, which was a foolhardy exercise. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2021 President Biden and his European Union counterparts made important progress in putting to bed one of the more foolhardy legacies of the Trump era, a trade war over tariffs on European steel and aluminum. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2021 Philosophies that were born of another drug era have to be reassessed; the idea that there is no role for law enforcement in all this is foolhardy. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 With this tangle of complexities in the Rittenhouse case, to hope for grander symbolism from the verdict would be foolhardy. Paul Callan, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 With that context, and complications that come with such a multi-faceted sector and space, attempting to address every accounting and reporting issue at once would be foolhardy. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 By the spring of 1911, with only a few months left before the permit expired, Parker concocted a foolhardy and dangerous plan. Andrew Lawler, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of foolhardy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2022

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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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