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daredevil

[dair-dev-uh l] /ˈdɛərˌdɛv əl/
noun
1.
a recklessly daring person.
adjective
2.
recklessly daring.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; dare + devil
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British Dictionary definitions for daredevil

daredevil

/ˈdɛəˌdɛvəl/
noun
1.
a recklessly bold person
adjective
2.
reckless; daring; bold
Derived Forms
daredevilry, daredeviltry, noun
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Word Origin and History for daredevil
n.

1794, "recklessly daring person," from dare (v.) + devil (n.). The devil might refer to the person, or the sense might be "one who dares the devil (cf. scarecrow, pickpocket, cutthroat). As an adjective, from 1832.

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