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derring-do Explained

derring-do at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

originally (c.1374) dorrying don, lit. "daring to do," from durring "daring," prp. of M.E. durren "to dare" + don, inf. of "to do." Misspelled derrynge do 1500s and mistaken for a noun by Spenser, who took it to mean "manhood and chevalrie;" picked up from him and passed on to Romantic poets as a pseudo-archaism by Sir Walter Scott. ///

derring-do at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Date: 1500-1600; Origin: dorring don 'daring to do' (14-15 centuries)]// deeds/acts etc of derring-do// very brave actions like the ones that happen in adventure stories - used humorously//

derring-do at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[U] (old-fashioned, humorous) brave actions, like those in adventure stories:
tales of derring-do

derring-do at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : brave and heroic deeds

derring-do at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » enm daring to do.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˌdɛɹɪŋ(g)ˈduː/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ˌdɛrɪŋˈduː/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /%dErIN"du:/


    Inter: en-noun » head=derring-do|-

  • Valiant deeds in desperate times.
    1. Brave and adventurous, often reckless actions.


      Inter: trans-top » valiant deeds in desperate times

  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|þrekvirki|n

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Polish: bohaterstwo {{n}}

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » brave and adventurous, often reckless actions
    • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|heldendaden
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|prouesse, Inter: t+ » fr|hauts faits, Inter: t+ » fr|exploits, Inter: t- » fr|faits d'armes, Inter: t- » fr|acte de bravoure
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|prodezza

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: brawura {{f}}
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|proeza, Inter: t- » es|hazaña

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » derring-do
    Translation: fr » derring-do
    Translation: ko » derring-do
    Translation: my » derring-do
    Translation: pl » derring-do
    Translation: ta » derring-do
    Translation: vi » derring-do
    Translation: zh » derring-do