Definition of daunt in English:



  • Make (someone) feel intimidated or apprehensive.

    ‘some people are daunted by technology’
    • ‘Denise isn't daunted about hosting her own show, and doesn't worry about what the press say.’
    • ‘Mr Bridges, who served in the Army, police force and was also a publican, said he was not daunted by public speaking.’
    • ‘The prospect of transplant surgery does not daunt her.’
    • ‘It is an exercise that would have daunted people far younger than him.’
    • ‘Now, here we were as pensioners, setting out on an expedition that might have daunted us when we were teenagers.’
    • ‘The young sailor is not daunted in what will be his longest single handed spell at sea.’
    • ‘Most of my travels having been to hot places, I was daunted at the prospect of such cold - but the invitation was irresistible.’
    • ‘‘Sustaining 100 per cent growth is new to us, but it is not something that daunts us,’ he said.’
    • ‘He isn't daunted by the attention the tattoo will attract.’
    • ‘One month into her new role, she isn't daunted by the enormous challenge facing her.’
    • ‘Iruwan admits that he is slightly daunted by the prospect of racing in front of his home crowd.’
    • ‘As far as going back into management is concerned, no it doesn't daunt me.’
    • ‘No situation now daunts him, nor does any opponent.’
    • ‘If he was daunted by the magnitude of the task, Gurley's public persona did not display it.’
    • ‘Even the prospect of getting down to taxing schoolwork did not daunt Amy.’
    • ‘There is no task that will daunt this dedicated team.’
    • ‘Hard work never daunted him and when his wife Nora died 32 years ago, he raised his family of nine.’
    • ‘Despite his troubles, he said, ‘While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me.’’
    • ‘True, the country's problems would daunt any leader, but he has not addressed any of them effectively after a year in office.’
    • ‘Meantime, the challenges of being Rector of Dundee should not daunt Kelly, with her empathetic skills, campaigning experience and endless enthusiasm.’
    intimidate, abash, take aback, shake, ruffle, throw, demoralize, discourage
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  • nothing daunted

    • Without having been made fearful or apprehensive.

      ‘nothing daunted, the committee set to work’
      • ‘But he had a big local following and nothing daunted, won a seat on the Council.’
      • ‘As they came up they were met with a thick shower of arrows; but nothing daunted, they pushed on in true Highland fashion.’
      • ‘The week before's outdoor session was rained off, but nothing daunted the members adjourned to the clubroom where an impromptu portraiture session was set up, with members being put through their paces by Michael O'Sullivan.’
      • ‘Carolino did not know English but, nothing daunted, he used an English / French phrase book and a French / Portuguese phrase book to produce a yet to be determined language.’
      • ‘When the propeller blade had split in the air, several splinters of wood had flown off, but Bennett, nothing daunted, shaped new bits out of a packing case to fill the gaps.’


Middle English: from Old French danter, from Latin domitare, frequentative of domare ‘to tame’.