Definition of derring-do in English:

derring-do

Syllabification: der·ring-do
Pronunciation: /ˌderiNGˈdo͞o
 
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noun

dated humorous
  • Action displaying heroic courage: tales of derring-do
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    • After decades of being considered bad form, tales of imperial derring-do are making something of a comeback.
    • The story is fast-moving and filled with heroic derring-do, impressive action sequences, and deeply-felt tragedy.
    • ‘I was keen to write a pantomime as a pastiche of a classic tale of derring-do,’ said Richard.

Origin

late 16th century: from late Middle English dorryng do 'daring to do', used by Chaucer, and, in a passage by Lydgate based on Chaucer's work, misprinted in 16th-century editions as derrynge do; this was misinterpreted by Spenser to mean 'manhood, chivalry', and subsequently taken up and popularized by Sir Walter Scott.

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