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From Middle English dangerous (“difficult, severe, domineering, arrogant, fraught with danger”), daungerous, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French dangereus (“threatening, difficult”), from dangier. Equivalent to danger + -ous.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdeɪnʒ(ə)ɹəs/, /ˈdeɪnd͡ʒ(ə)ɹəs/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈdeɪnd͡ʒəɹəs/, /ˈdeɪnd͡ʒɚəs/, /ˈdeɪnd͡ʒɚs/, /ˈdeɪnʒɹəs/
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- Hyphenation: dan‧ger‧ous
- Full of danger.
- Railway crossings without gates are highly dangerous.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0029:
- “[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
- Causing danger; ready to do harm or injury.
- (colloquial, dated) In a condition of danger, as from illness; threatened with death.
- (obsolete) Hard to suit; difficult to please.
- (obsolete) Reserved; not affable.
(full of danger):
full of danger
causing danger, ready to do harm or injury