Definition of Derring-do

1. Noun. Brave and heroic feats.

Generic synonyms: Effort, Exploit, Feat



Definition of Derring-do

1. Noun. Valiant deeds in desperate times. ¹

2. Noun. Brave and adventurous, often reckless actions. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Derring-do

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derring-do (current term)
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Literary usage of Derring-do

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1. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1901)
"Explained in the margin, "Hangmen, and other executioners." P. 174. derring-do. Deeds of arms, warlike enterprise. Literally daring deed. ..."

2. Transactions of the Philological Society by Philological Society (Great Britain). (1893)
"derring-do. This is given, in the Century Diet., sv Daring-do. The account is partly correct. ' The word was adopted by Spenser in the erroneous spelling ..."

3. A Glossary of Tudor and Stuart Words: Especially from the Dramatists by Walter William Skeat, Anthony Lawson Mayhew (1914)
"W. Scott has the phrase ' a deed of derring-do' (Ivanhoe, ch. 29).] Hence, derring-doer, FQ iv. 2. 38. Spenser's ' derring doe ' is due to a ..."

4. A Supplement to Johnson's English Dictionary: Of which the Palpable Errors ...by George Mason by George Mason (1801)
"... noun derring-do] for its participle, which by proper formation would der inc. ... had beene a man of mickle name, Renowned much in armes and derring-do. ..."

5. A Glossary; Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Thomas Wright (1867)
"derring-do. Deeds of arms, warlike enterprise. Literally daring deed. For ever, who in derring-do were dread, ..."

6. Words and Their Ways in English Speech by James Bradstreet Greenough, George Lyman Kittredge (1901)
"Thus the strange compound noun derring-do, which he introduced, and which has had some currency in the sense of 'courage,' 'valorous achievement,' is due to ..."

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