[deyn-jer-uh s, deynj-ruh s] /ˈdeɪn dʒər əs, ˈdeɪndʒ rəs/

full of or risk; causing ; perilous; risky; hazardous; unsafe.
able or likely to cause physical injury:
a dangerous criminal.
causing danger; perilous

early 13c., “difficult, arrogant, severe” (the opposite of affable), from Anglo-French dangerous, Old French dangeros (12c., Modern French dangereux), from danger (see danger).

In Chaucer, it means “hard to please, reluctant to give;” sense of “full of danger, risky” is from late 15c. Other words used in this sense included dangersome (1560s), dangerful (1540s). Related: Dangerously.


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