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

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

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National art surveys are risky, and maybe foolhardy. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘This Land’ Review: Picturing America," 4 Sep. 2018 But there's a stark difference between being ambitious and being foolhardy. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "7 Things You Need to Know Before You DIY," 23 Feb. 2015 But researchers worry that relying on imperfect humans to monitor imperfect tech—and perform flawlessly, under pressure, if an emergency arises—is foolhardy at best. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Uber's Self-Driving Car Just Killed Somebody. Now What?," 19 Mar. 2018 Eliminating basic functions of NOAA is foolhardy, ignorant, shortsighted, and very stupid. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Ocean science agency chief suggests removing 'climate' from mission statement," 25 June 2018 An even bigger triumph would be regime change in Iran—a far bolder, some would say foolhardy, policy aim, and one that would be very hard indeed to sell to America’s non-Middle Eastern allies. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order," 7 June 2018 Riding one of these in the street with cars also seems incredibly foolhardy. Washington Post, "Review: LimeBike’s new dockless scooters are a whimsical ride but not a practical one," 4 Apr. 2018 The drama palpably, potently conveys the group’s misgivings, their jangling nerves, the foolhardy resignation pushing them on despite themselves. Tom Russo,, "Audubon, Darwin, and the evolution of a heist," 6 June 2018 Jackson is a 1-31 coach who mishandled a rookie quarterback last year, pushed for what would have been a foolhardy deal for AJ McCarron and generally had no problem questioning his own roster while shrugging off real blame. Doug Lesmerises,, "How to root for the Browns while you don't believe in Hue Jackson: Doug Lesmerises," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of foolhardy

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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