Now Chiefly Dial. dare
A past tense and a past participle of dare.
- (archaic) simple past tense of dare
- Four and Twenty tailors went to kill a snail; the best man among them durst not touch her tail...
- Who durst defy the omnipotent to arms
- 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost Book I, line 49
- Pretty soul, she durst not lie, near this lack-love, this kill-courtesy.
- 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 6, Monk Samson
- nor was there a monk who durst speak to me, nor a laic who durst bring me food except by stealth.
- 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
- Captain Smollett, the squire, and Dr. Livesey were talking together on the quarterdeck, and, anxious as I was to tell them my story, I durst not interrupt them.
- 1896, A. E. Housman, A Shropshire Lad, XXX, lines 1-2:
- Others, I am not the first,
- Have willed more mischief than they durst'