Definition of daring in English:



  • 1(of a person or action) adventurous or audaciously bold.

    ‘a daring crime’
    • ‘According to the police, the man is a daring criminal with a very dangerous profile.’
    • ‘So who was this daring woman, who ranks alongside the likes of glamorous adventurers such as Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham?’
    • ‘She is a daring director who is constantly pushing the limits.’
    • ‘In her interviews, Mira Nair has said that she was enamoured of this great classic from her schooldays, and especially its daring heroine, Becky Sharp.’
    • ‘He wore his hair relatively short and spiked and though many men said that it made him look evil, his soldiers said it matched his daring personality.’
    • ‘He had fallen for her rebellious daring personality the moment they met.’
    • ‘Following to the recent bugging of the DP offices, our daring team of investigative reporters bugged the DP offices, to see what was on the infamous tapes.’
    • ‘But if you're a daring person, you'd probably do anything to get to the top of the highest mountain in the world.’
    • ‘Jack and the Beanstalk opened last night with an outstanding cast of actors who helped bring to life the daring adventures of a boy and a monster plant in a hilarious adaptation of the classical children's tale.’
    • ‘He was physically strong and became a daring climber of tall eucalyptus trees and rocky cliffs.’
    • ‘We'll tell you about a daring raid with surprising results next.’
    • ‘If you thought Coolera Dramatic Society could only do pantomime, prepare to be surprised by this daring, but heart-warming tale.’
    • ‘A daring pilot, he set a handful of aviation world records, including one for a 1938 flight around the world in just over 91 hours.’
    • ‘Flashing propellers carved the skies as a variety of innovative aircraft and daring pilots, many of them female, quested for fame and money.’
    • ‘Cheng is a bold and daring man, working at whatever it takes to give his boy a chance to succeed in life.’
    • ‘With the lantern, she looked just like a character from one of those old black and white films, like the daring heroine bold enough to uncover ghastly secrets hidden deep within the woods.’
    • ‘A daring traveller made the newspaper headlines in 1880 after a record journey between New Plymouth and Wellington.’
    • ‘I guess I was more daring in my youth than I am now.’
    • ‘It was about a group of daring explorers who drove a tank-like vehicle called The Cyclotram all the way to that secret world at the center of the Earth.’
    • ‘Meanwhile in Stanhope, County Durham, emergency services performed the daring James Bond-style rescue of another driver after his car got stuck at a flooded ford.’
    bold, audacious, adventurous, intrepid, venturesome, fearless, brave, unafraid, unshrinking, undaunted, dauntless, valiant, valorous, heroic, dashing
    confident, enterprising
    madcap, rash, reckless, heedless
    gutsy, spunky, peppy, pushy
    adventuresome, venturous
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    1. 1.1Causing outrage or surprise by being boldly unconventional.
      ‘a pretty girl in daring clothes’
      • ‘All the children, surprised by her daring question, looked at them curiously.’
      • ‘It's Hallowe'en this Friday, the perfect opportunity to cast off your tried and tested clothes and make-up and emerge in a more daring disguise.’
      • ‘I was darnedly self-conscious in my daring clothes.’
      • ‘Reading how he was such an outgoing person, it is no surprise that he took the daring steps he deemed necessary and that he truly is a hero in every sense of the word.’
      • ‘The clothes are very feminine, sunny, and quite daring at times.’
      • ‘The extreme shock aspects might cause you to roll your eyes, cry in outrage, or respect her daring style.’


  • [mass noun] Adventurous courage.

    ‘the daring of the players brings fortune or ruin’
    • ‘Actions by Soviet troops in the Manchurian Operation were marked by boldness and daring.’
    • ‘Are we denying ourselves future explorers and heroes by taking away their sense of adventure and daring?’
    • ‘She needed boldness and daring to overcome the obstacles which the time in which she lived placed in her path.’
    • ‘‘A landmark in cinema, an awesome feat of imagination and daring,’ gushed Christopher Tookey in the Daily Mail.’
    • ‘But then again that may not be too surprising as daring is far from an alien concept for this club.’
    • ‘You see people reach for it now and again, but Malick's daring is both outrageous and calming.’
    • ‘The photographs record the important images of the Rapa and capture the courage and daring of the local horsemen.’
    • ‘He is a very dear friend of ours, an Army Officer of bravery and daring combined with intelligence.’
    • ‘Faber was surprised by his daring: He had never done anything like that before.’
    • ‘It demands if not moral or physical courage then at least boldness and daring.’
    • ‘The coastline seemed impermeable, but finally, through bravery and daring, the explorer found his way in, and the treasure was revealed.’
    • ‘The one major criticism that might be levelled against Ned Kelly is that it tries to squeeze too much into a briskly paced, conventional feature and consequently lacks a little humour or daring.’
    • ‘As the editor of Independence, which was a task assigned to him, he proved his mettle as he was possessed of intellectual daring, a virile pen and sound political judgement.’
    • ‘The rush of adventure and daring that I felt was unrivalled.’
    • ‘As each year passes common sense and self preservation consume the reckless daring that has overwhelmed my life so far.’
    • ‘Their performance was one of courage and daring.’
    • ‘I actually don't think there's much that's inherently immoral to illegal immigration - it may often show pluck and daring.’
    • ‘Solidarity and initiative, protection and daring: that is the French genius.’
    • ‘In truth, Ron was just as surprised at his own daring as his teacher was.’
    • ‘Yossi Beilin is a hero who deserves our gratitude for his courage and daring.’
    boldness, audacity, temerity, audaciousness, fearlessness, intrepidity, bravery, courage, courageousness, valour, valorousness, heroism, pluck
    recklessness, rashness, foolhardiness
    adventurousness, enterprise, dynamism, spirit, mettle, confidence
    nerve, guts, gutsiness, spunk, grit
    bottle, ballsiness
    moxie, cojones, sand
    venturousness, temerariousness
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