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 foolhardy (audio) \ adverb
foolhardiness \ ˈfül-​ˌhär-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce foolhardy (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 In the meantime, airline leaders realized that hopes for a fall recovery were foolhardy. Dallas News, "9 moments that defined the COVID-19 pandemic for American and Southwest airlines," 29 Dec. 2020 And with all the pandemic news lately especially grim, reopening too soon would be foolhardy. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After latest shutdown order, many restaurants go into hibernation," 12 Dec. 2020 Moving on from Harbaugh before the Wolverines procure their next class of players would seem foolhardy, and yet a delay in a divorce could impair their opportunity to find his successor. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Why next 8 days could make or break Jim Harbaugh's Michigan football future," 8 Dec. 2020 Given the intense loyalty many Republican voters feel toward Trump, only a very brave or foolhardy candidate would want to be the first to announce a primary run against him. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Trump refuses to fade away," 4 Dec. 2020 That propels her on a roller coaster ride of mistakes and brave but foolhardy risks to avoid arrest, remember what happened and not get killed in the process. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "How Kaley Cuoco moved on from sitcom past to serve up racy sex scene in 'Flight Attendant'," 24 Nov. 2020 But the effort—to overturn an election that the candidate lost by nearly six million votes—seems foolhardy. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Motley Crew Leading Trump’s Election Challenges," 21 Nov. 2020 As results started to come in, the idea that some pundits had floated that Biden might take Florida, for instance, looked foolhardy. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Call it Throwback Tuesday. How uncertainty became election night 2020's top news story," 4 Nov. 2020 Such a move was foolhardy at best and deadly at worst. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: This neck of the woods," 24 Oct. 2020

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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 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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