foolhardy [fool-hahr-dee] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for foolhardy on adjective, fool·har·di·er, fool·har·di·est.

  1. recklessly or thoughtlessly bold; foolishly rash or venturesome.

Origin of foolhardy 1175–1225; Middle English folhardy Old French fol hardi. See fool1, hardy1 Related formsfool·har·di·ly, adverbfool·har·di·ness, nounSynonyms for foolhardy See more synonyms for on impetuous, headlong, heedless, incautious. Related Words for foolhardiness temerity, carelessness, brashness, rashness, impetuousness Examples from the Web for foolhardiness Contemporary Examples of foolhardiness

  • They are now doomed to a lifetime’s torment, reminded of their foolhardiness every time someone tries to call.

    Less is Moo: The Genius of Gary Larson

    Tom Doran

    March 22, 2013

  • Historical Examples of foolhardiness

  • Better as it is: over-caution is as great an error as foolhardiness.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • On the top of a hill near by Peter bemoaned his losses and, it is said, his foolhardiness.

    Peter the Hermit

    Daniel A. Goodsell

  • How many lives are lost through ignorance and foolhardiness!

    Hunter’s Marjory

    Margaret Bruce Clarke

  • He said he saw nothing in it but foolhardiness and vain-glory.


    Juliana Horatio Ewing

  • To do these things without sufficient reason is foolhardiness.

    Practical Ethics

    William DeWitt Hyde

  • British Dictionary definitions for foolhardiness foolhardy adjective -hardier or -hardiest

    1. heedlessly rash or adventurous

    Derived Formsfoolhardily, adverbfoolhardiness, nounWord Origin for foolhardy C13: from Old French fol hardi, from fol foolish + hardi bold Word Origin and History for foolhardiness foolhardy adj.

    early 13c., from fool (n.) + Middle English hardi “bold;” hence “foolishly brave” (see hardy). Cf. Old French fol hardi.

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