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[deyn-jer-uh s, deynj-ruh s] /ˈdeɪn dʒər əs, ˈdeɪndʒ rəs/
full of danger or risk; causing danger; perilous; risky; hazardous; unsafe.
able or likely to cause physical injury:
a dangerous criminal.
Origin of dangerous
1175-1225; Middle English da(u)ngerous domineering, fraught with danger < Old French dangereus threatening, difficult, equivalent to dangier (see danger) + -eus -ous
Related forms
dangerously, adverb
dangerousness, noun
nondangerous, adjective
nondangerously, adverb
nondangerousness, noun
quasi-dangerous, adjective
quasi-dangerously, adverb
semidangerous, adjective
semidangerously, adverb
semidangerousness, noun
undangerous, adjective
undangerously, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dangerously
  • Her skin was ghostly, her blood dangerously short of red cells.
  • To the officer who arrested him, the ancient story suddenly sounded dangerously contemporary.
  • One could argue that the values of both real estate and higher education are dangerously subject to collective delusion.
  • When wings are mis-matched in nature, flight-if possible at all-can be dangerously unpredictable.
  • These three cod populations are thought to be at dangerously low levels, and fishing of them is tightly regulated.
  • His shiny airplane, a target for government bombers, stands out dangerously in the bleakest liberated zone in the world.
  • Scientists warn that many shark populations could be dangerously depleted within a decade, barring bold action.
  • Polar bears have no natural aversion to oil and, in fact, may be dangerously attracted to it.
  • Food, fuel, and-above all-human endurance had reached dangerously low levels.
  • The gap between rich and poor has become dangerously wide.
British Dictionary definitions for dangerously


causing danger; perilous
Derived Forms
dangerously, adverb
dangerousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dangerously



early 13c., "difficult, arrogant, severe" (the opposite of affable), from Anglo-French dangerous, Old French dangeros (12c., Modern French dangereux), from danger (see danger).

In Chaucer, it means "hard to please, reluctant to give;" sense of "full of danger, risky" is from late 15c. Other words used in this sense included dangersome (1560s), dangerful (1540s). Related: Dangerously.

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