Definition of foolhardy in English:

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foolhardy

Pronunciation: /ˈfo͞olˌhärdē/

adjective (foolhardier, foolhardiest)

Recklessly bold or rash: it would be foolhardy to go into the scheme without support
More example sentences
  • It is, if we are honest with ourselves, a bold, possibly even foolhardy undertaking.
  • The signings can be described as bold or foolhardy, but which will it turn out to be?
  • Regiments travelled extensively to attack each other and a host of enemies who were foolhardy enough to provoke us.
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Derivatives

foolhardily

Pronunciation: /-ˌhärdl-ē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • They will not foolhardily engage in ‘nuclear war.’
  • Firearm users who take alcoholic drinks can make very poor decisions and shoot foolhardily, with devastating consequences.
  • I worked for a radio station over the summer in New Orleans where I foolhardily rode out Hurricane Andrew.

foolhardiness

Pronunciation: /ˈfo͞olˌhärdēnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • They came to throw their son at your face and see if you regret your foolhardiness.
  • More extraordinary is that as time went on, instead of criticism for incompetence and foolhardiness, Scott continued to attract hero-worship.
  • Most of the time, you're too real and human for that - your dorkiness, foolhardiness or vulnerability show through.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French folhardi, from fol 'foolish' + hardi 'bold' (see hardy).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: fool·har·dy

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