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[dawnt-lis, dahnt-] /ˈdɔnt lɪs, ˈdɑnt-/
not to be daunted or intimidated; fearless; intrepid; bold:
a dauntless hero.
(initial capital letter). Also called Douglas SBD. the principal U.S. Navy fleet bomber of early World War II, capable of carrying bombs or depth charges and particularly successful as a dive bomber.
Origin of dauntless
1585-95; daunt + -less
Related forms
dauntlessly, adverb
dauntlessness, noun
1. undaunted, daring, indomitable, brave, courageous.
1. fearful, timid. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dauntless
  • This history overflows with such episodes of dauntless resolve on all sides.
  • The dauntless duo is back.
  • The dauntless heart that fear'd no human pride.
  • Again he was disappointed yet dauntless.
  • There was never a more loyal heart, a more dauntless soul than his.
  • Some people who know him think he is dauntless.
  • Gil is a stumbling contemporary neurotic thrown in among artists with seemingly dauntless strength.
  • There is a third characteristic trait, a dauntless courage in accepting life.
  • Both were possessed of the dauntless courage peculiar to high-bred hunting dogs.
  • And then there are our friends the dauntless scientists, rare creatures who seem to live in a constant state of why and how.
British Dictionary definitions for dauntless


bold; fearless; intrepid
Derived Forms
dauntlessly, adverb
dauntlessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dauntless

1590s, from daunt + -less. Related: Dauntlessly.

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