For More Committed Drinkers: Comedian Will durst offers a drinking game on his blog at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Lance longed for the right to soothe her, but only durst lay his hand on the back of her chair.
She's awful clever, and none but a clever one durst say a word to her.
In this action Velasquez acquiesced; probably because he durst not do otherwise.
If he were one of those who had suffered by the rioters, he durst not give him entertainment.
I know not what it was, but something shocked my mind at that thought, and I durst not speak the words.
The Turf Club would not have him; he durst not show at Tattersall's.
And no one durst withstand them, for the fear of their power had gone through every people.
Father could not keep friends with both sides, and yet he durst not break with either.
But I heeded not that; I was under orders I durst not disobey.
from first and third person singular of Old English durran "to brave danger, dare; venture, presume," from Proto-Germanic *ders- (cf. Old Norse dearr, Old High German giturran, Gothic gadaursan), from PIE *dhers- "to dare, be courageous" (cf. Sanskrit dadharsha "to be bold;" Old Persian darš- "to dare;" Greek thrasys "bold;" Old Church Slavonic druzate "to be bold, dare;" Lithuanian dristi "to dare," drasus "courageous").
An Old English irregular preterite-present verb: darr, dearst, dear were first, second and third person singular present indicative; mostly regularized 16c., though past tense dorste survived as durst, but is now dying, persisting mainly in northern English dialect. Meaning "to challenge or defy (someone)" is first recorded 1570s.
1590s, from dare (v.).