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foolhardy Explained

foolhardy at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


foolhardy at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1225, from fool (n.) + M.E. hardi "bold;" hence "foolishly brave." ///

foolhardy at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj taking stupid and unnecessary risks// reckless// --a foolhardy attempt to capture more territory// -- foolhardiness n [U] //

foolhardy at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "foolhardy":
adventuresome, adventurous, audacious, bold, brash, careless,
cheeky, daredevil, daring, death-defying, devil-may-care,
enterprising, fire-eating, forward, gutsy, harebrained, hasty,
headlong, heedless, hotheaded, impetuous, imprudent, incautious,
irresponsible, madbrain, madbrained, madcap, nervy, overbold,
precipitate, presumptuous, rash, reckless, temerarious,
thoughtless, unthinking, venturesome, venturous, wild, wild-ass

foolhardy at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Rashness): rash, incautious, imprudent, improvident, heedless, careless, neglectful, reckless, irresponsible, inattentive, wanton, hotheaded, headstrong, foolhardy, impulsive.

foolhardy at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(disapproving) taking unnecessary risks:
It would be foolhardy to sail in weather like this.
foolhardiness noun [U]:
There's no excuse for such foolhardiness-you could have been killed. * He showed his usual disregard for danger-an attitude his friends called bravery and his enemies foolhardiness.

Foolhardy at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Foolhardy \Fool"har`dy\, a. [OF. folhardi. See {Fool} idiot, and
Daring without judgment; foolishly adventurous and bold.

Syn: Rash; venturesome; venturous; precipitate; reckless;
headlong; incautious. See {Rash}.

foolhardy at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj : marked by unthinking boldness; with defiant disregard for
danger or consequences; "foolhardy enough to try to
seize the gun from the hijacker"; "became the fiercest
and most reckless of partisans"-Macaulay; "a reckless
driver"; "a rash attempt to climb the World Trade
Center" [syn: {rash}, {reckless}]
[also: {foolhardiest}, {foolhardier}]

foolhardy at English (WD) Of Explained:



* Inter: audio » en-us-foolhardy.ogg|Audio (US)


Inter: en-adj » foolhardier|foolhardiest|more
  • Marked by unthinking recklessness with disregard for danger; bold but rash; hotheaded
    1. Inter: quote-book »

    |author=Mark Twain
    |title=The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    |passage=The master’s pulse stood still, and he stared helplessly. The buzz of study ceased. The pupils wondered if this foolhardy boy had lost his mind.
    1. 2000. Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country, p. 14:
    2. : In the middle distance several foolhardy souls in wet suits were surfing toward some foamy outbursts on the rocky headland...


      * bold

  • foolish
  • rash
  • daring
  • reckless

    Derived terms

    * foolhardiness


    Inter: trans-top » hotheaded
  • Dutch: roekeloos, doldriest
  • Finnish: hullunrohkea, tyhmänrohkea, huimapäinen
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|tête brûlée|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: töricht, tollkühn, vermessen, verwegen
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|vakmerő
    • Volapük: Inter: t+ » vo|lukünik

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: de » foolhardy
    Translation: et » foolhardy
    Translation: fr » foolhardy
    Translation: ko » foolhardy
    Translation: io » foolhardy
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    Translation: hu » foolhardy
    Translation: my » foolhardy
    Translation: pl » foolhardy
    Translation: sh » foolhardy
    Translation: sv » foolhardy
    Translation: ta » foolhardy
    Translation: te » foolhardy
    Translation: vi » foolhardy
    Translation: zh » foolhardy