dangerous Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
- a dangerous criminal
- a dangerous bridge
- unemployment reached dangerous proportions
adjective satellite causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
grievous; life-threatening; severe; serious; grave.
- a dangerous operation
- a grave situation
- a grave illness
- grievous bodily harm
- a serious wound
- a serious turn of events
- a severe case of pneumonia
- a life-threatening disease
EtymologyOE., haughty, difficult, dangerous, fr. OF.
Attended or beset with danger; full of risk; perilous; hazardous; unsafe.
Our troops set forth to-morrow; stay with us; The ways are dangerous. Shak.
It is dangerous to assert a negative. Macaulay.
Causing danger; ready to do harm or injury.
If they incline to think you dangerous To less than gods. Milton.
In a condition of danger, as from illness; threatened with death.Colloq. Forby. Bartlett.
Hard to suit; difficult to please.Obs.
My wages ben full strait, and eke full small; My lord to me is hard and dangerous. Chaucer.
Reserved; not affable.Obs. "Of his speech dangerous." Chaucer. -- Dan"ger*ous*ly, adv. -- Dan"ger*ous*ness, n.