Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Incapable of being intimidated or discouraged; fearless. See Synonyms at brave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Invulnerable to fear or intimidation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Incapable of being daunted; undaunted; bold; fearless; intrepid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incapable of being daunted; bold; fearless; intrepid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. invulnerable to fear or intimidation

Etymologies

daunt +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have seen you again + again at a time of confusion take the course almost blindly because long after your powers of ratiocination were exhausted you clung to the idea of dauntless courage.

    A Life in Letters

  • Her reputation for complete indifference to admiration and her unvarying attitude towards men were as well known as her dauntless courage and obstinate determination.

    The Sheik

  • "Their horses are also tired, and we may beat them yet," called the dauntless Masouda.

    The Brethren

  • Saratoga with his shrill whistle and stentorian voice called his dauntless braves where the fight was thickest!

    History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)

  • o 'fear made the blood tingle in his back, the women screaming, and the men crying, and the red blood flowing, and my father's sword dauntless in the van -- bring it back, McRae.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • Her dauntless attitude was partly the result of surviving a near fatal ordeal in Bali six months earlier.

    Making Wall Street Blush

  • His partner in that endeavor was gritty, dauntless, razor-sharp captain Sourav Ganguly , while in Mahendra Singh Dhoni India currently have a skipper who has tactical acumen, icy calmness and, most important of all, the respect of the great players around him.

    Can England Rain on India's Parade?

  • The man telling the story is timid and emotionally fragile, yet the boy he describes is plucky and dauntless.

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  • Some people, one imagines, may be naturally dauntless and buoyant of heart, but with him, good spirits always seemed, far more admirably, to be the product of a strict program of self-improvement in his youth he believed, like most truly modest men, in the absolute virtue of self-improvement which had wrought deep, essential changes in a nature inclined by birth to the darker view and gloominess that cropped up elsewhere in the family tree.

    Excerpt: Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon

  • It is not long before three dauntless characters are making their way to the prison: brave, Norwegian-speaking Nils; resourceful English-speaking Bernard; and the refined Miss Bianca, whose principal weapon is her devastating charm.

    Rescuing a Classic

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  • The tale of their hosts is countless,
    And the tale of ours a score;
    But the palm is naught to the dauntless,
    And the cause is more and more.
    Give a cheer!
    We may die, but not give way.
    Here's to a silent morrow,
    And here's to a stout to-day!

    - Richard Hovey, 'At the End of Day'.

    September 16, 2009