Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Reckless mischief; the action of a dare-devil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or conduct of a daredevil; recklessness; venturesomeness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. boldness as manifested in rash and daredevil behavior

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Examples

  • They had been so full of energy and humor and dare-deviltry.

    Irresistible

  • To match this dare-deviltry, a saloon man in one frontier town, as a sign for his business, with psychological ingenuity painted across the broad front of his building in big black letters this challenge to God, man, and the devil: _The Road to Ruin_.

    Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads

  • You might go far in that quarter for anything of dare-deviltry so likeable.

    Gilian The Dreamer His Fancy, His Love and Adventure

  • Dashing young cock sparrows would show off before their particular hen sparrows, and earn a cheap reputation for dare-deviltry by going within so many yards of Edwin's lair and then darting away.

    Love Among the Chickens A Story of the Haps and Mishaps on an English Chicken Farm

  • A certain dare-deviltry went hand in hand with his work -- a calling in which a careless load dispatcher, a cut wire, or

    Half Portions

  • To fool away half an hour in dressing, knowing that it was very likely she might be summoning men to kill him -- to come down confident and unperturbed, possibly to meet his death -- was such a piece of dare-deviltry as won reluctant admiration, in spite of her detestation of him.

    Brand Blotters

  • She saw the smile upon his lips, and it was as wine to sick nerves; for even upon warlike Barsoom where all men are brave, woman reacts quickly to quiet indifference to danger -- to dare-deviltry that is without bombast.

    Thuvia, Maid of Mars

  • She had always heard that cowboys were chivalrous, and brave, and fascinating in their picturesque dare-deviltry, but from the lone specimen which she had met she could not see that they possessed any of those qualities.

    Lonesome Land

  • Sheer dare-deviltry would arouse in them a responsiveness which had remained numb to the call of industry.

    A Pagan of the Hills

  • So saying, he rolled his bright-blue eyes at me and Captain Watson with such utter good-nature and dare-deviltry as I have never seen equalled.

    The Heart's Highway: A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeenth Century

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