- When you are alone in a bad neighborhood late at night, this is an example of a time when you are in danger.
- A drunk driver is an example of a danger.
Danger is defined as a possibility that something harmful or unpleasant will happen, or a person or thing that causes harm.
- liability to injury, damage, loss, or pain; peril: to live in constant danger
- a thing that may cause injury, pain, etc.
- Obs. power of a lord, esp. to harm
Origin of dangerMiddle English daunger, power, domination, arrogance from Old French danger, absolute power of an overlord from Vulgar Latin an unverified form dominarium from Classical Latin dominium, lordship from dominus, a master: see dominate
- Exposure or vulnerability to harm or risk.
- A source or an instance of risk or peril.
- Obsolete Power, especially power to harm.
Origin of dangerMiddle English daunger power, dominion, peril from Old French dangier from Vulgar Latin dominiārium authority, power from Latin dominium sovereignty from dominus lord, master ; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
- Exposure to liable harm.
- "Danger is a good teacher, and makes apt scholars" (William Hazlitt, Table talk).
- An instance or cause of liable harm.
- "Two territorial questions..unsettled..each of which was a positive danger to the peace of Europe" (Times, 5 Sept. 3/2).
- "We put a Sting in him, / That at his will he may doe danger with" (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 2:1:17).
(third-person singular simple present dangers, present participle dangering, simple past and past participle dangered)
- (obsolete) To claim liability.
- (obsolete) To imperil; to endanger.
- (obsolete) To run the risk.