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From Middle English daunger (“power, dominion, peril”), from Anglo-Norman dangier, from Old French dangier, alteration of Old French dongier (due to association with Latin damnum (“damage”)) from Vulgar Latin *dominārium (“authority, power”) from Latin dominus (“lord, master”).
Displaced native Old English frēcennes.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdeɪn.dʒə(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdeɪndʒɚ/
danger (countable and uncountable, plural dangers)
- Exposure to likely harm; peril.
- There’s plenty of danger in the desert.
- An instance or cause of likely harm.
- (obsolete) Mischief.
- (mainly outside the US, rail transport) The stop indication of a signal (usually in the phrase “at danger”).
- The north signal was in danger because of the rockslide.
- (obsolete) Ability to harm; someone’s dominion or power to harm or penalize.
- (obsolete) Liability.
- (obsolete) Difficulty; sparingness.
- (obsolete) Coyness; disdainful behavior.
danger (third-person singular simple present dangers, present participle dangering, simple past and past participle dangered)
- (obsolete) To claim liability.
- (obsolete) To imperil; to endanger.
- (obsolete) To run the risk.