foolhardy

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From Middle English folhardy, folehardi, folherdi, from Old French fol hardi (foolishly bold), equivalent to fool +‎ hardy. Compare fool-bold, fool-large, etc.

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foolhardy (comparative foolhardier or more foolhardy, superlative foolhardiest or most foolhardy)

  1. Marked by unthinking recklessness with disregard for danger; bold but rash; hotheaded
    • 1876, Mark Twain, chapter 6, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer[1]:
      The master’s pulse stood still, and he stared helplessly. The buzz of study ceased. The pupils wondered if this foolhardy boy had lost his mind.
    • 2000. Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country, p. 14:
      In the middle distance several foolhardy souls in wet suits were surfing toward some foamy outbursts on the rocky headland...

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