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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Other Words from foolhardy

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 Two months ago, having any hint of confidence that Michigan could match up with these Buckeyes would’ve seemed foolhardy. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Predictions: Michigan football will tantalize, and Michigan State just has to get it done," 29 Nov. 2019 Their sweet scent could lure you in, their beauty might trick you into doing something foolhardy, their silent presence was enough to drive a man wild. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Orchids," 9 Oct. 2019 Rivers threw two interceptions, including a foolhardy throw late in the third quarter into double coverage in the end zone, where linebacker Alexander Johnson picked it off with ease. Greg Beacham, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chargers’ offensive woes lead to another loss, 2-3 start," 6 Oct. 2019 Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and their fearless and foolhardy friends perform outrageous pranks and stunts, including ``Sweatsuit Cocktail’’ and ``Beehive Tetherball.’' (R) 1 hr. 34 mins. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Fortunately, these two challenges give us a chance to replace our foolhardy fixation on our own standards of living with a more principled dedication to our personal and community standards of character. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: A high standard of living won’t save us," 4 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of foolhardy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foolhardy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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