Derring-do Definition

dĕrĭng-do͝o
noun
Daring action; reckless courage.
Webster's New World

Valiant deeds in desperate times.

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Origin of Derring-do

  • Misinterpretation of earlier derrynge do daring to do misprint of Late Middle English dorryng do from Middle English durring don durring present participle of durren to dare (from Old English durran dare) don to do do1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English daring to do.

    From Wiktionary

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