Hazard vs Warn - What's the difference?

hazard | warn |

As verbs the difference between hazard and warn

is that hazard is to expose to chance; to take a risk while warn is to make (someone) aware of impending danger etc or warn can be (label) to refuse, deny (someone something).

As a noun hazard

is (historical) a type of game played with dice.



(wikipedia hazard)


(en noun)
  • (historical) A type of game played with dice.
  • Chance.
  • * , Richard III , act 5, scene 4:
  • I will stand the hazard of the die.
  • * 2006 May 20, John Patterson, The Guardian :
  • I see animated movies are now managing, by hazard or design, to reflect our contemporary reality more accurately than live-action movies.
  • The chance of suffering harm; danger, peril, risk of loss.
  • He encountered the enemy at the hazard of his reputation and life.
  • * (rfdate) Rogers:
  • Men are led on from one stage of life to another in a condition of the utmost hazard .
  • * 1599 , Wm. Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar :
  • Why, now, blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark! The storm is up and all is on the hazard .
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  • * 2009 December 27, Barbara Ellen, The Guardian :
  • Quite apart from the gruesome road hazards , snow is awful even when you don't have to travel.
  • An obstacle or other feature which causes risk or danger; originally in sports, and now applied more generally.
  • The video game involves guiding a character on a skateboard past all kinds of hazards .
  • (golf) sand or water obstacle on a golf course
  • (billiards) The act of potting a ball, whether the object ball (winning hazard'') or the player's ball (''losing hazard ).
  • Anything that is hazarded or risked, such as a stake in gambling.
  • * (rfdate) Shakespeare:
  • your latter hazard
    Derived terms
    * biohazard * chemical hazard * haphazard * hazardous * moral hazard * multihazard * occupational hazard


    (en verb)
  • To expose to chance; to take a risk.
  • * (rfdate) John Clarke
  • Men hazard nothing by a course of evangelical obedience.
  • * (rfdate) Fuller
  • He hazards his neck to the halter.
  • To risk (something); to venture, to incur, or bring on.
  • * (rfdate) Shakespeare
  • I hazarded the loss of whom I loved.
  • * (rfdate) Landor
  • They hazard to cut their feet.
  • I'll hazard a guess.



    Etymology 1

    (etyl) warnian, from (etyl) . Cognate with German warnen, Dutch waarnen.


    (en verb)
  • To make (someone) aware of impending danger etc.
  • We waved a flag to warn the oncoming traffic.
  • To caution (someone) against unwise or unacceptable behaviour.
  • He was warned against crossing the railway tracks at night.
    Don't let me catch you running in the corridor again, I warn you.
  • To notify (someone) of something untoward.
  • I phoned to warn him of the rail strike.
  • To give warning.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, tr. Bible , Galatians II, 9-10:
  • then Iames Cephas and Iohn [...] agreed with vs that we shuld preache amonge the Hethen and they amonge the Iewes: warnynge only that we shulde remember the poore.
  • * 1973 , Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow , Penguin 1995, p. 177:
  • She is his deepest innocence in spaces of bough and hay before wishes were given a different name to warn that they might not come true [...].
  • * 1988 , Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses , Picador 2000, p. 496:
  • She warned that he was seriously thinking of withdrawing his offer to part the waters, ‘so that all you'll get at the Arabian Sea is a saltwater bath [...]’.
  • * 1991 , Clive James, ‘Making Programmes the World Wants’, The Dreaming Swimmer , Jonathan Cape 1992:
  • Every country has its resident experts who warn that imported television will destroy the national consciousness and replace it with Dallas'', ''The Waltons'', ''Star Trek'' and ''Twin Peaks .
    Usage notes
    * The intransitive sense is considered colloquial by some, and is explicitly proscribed by, for example, the Daily Telegraph style guide (which prefers give warning).
    Derived terms
    * warner * warning * warn off

    Etymology 2

    From a combination of (etyl) wiernan (from (etyl) ; compare Swedish varna).


    (en verb)
  • (label) To refuse, deny (someone something).
  • *:
  • *:And yf thou warne' her loue she shalle goo dye anone yf thou haue no pyte on her / that sygnefyeth the grete byrd / the whiche shalle make the to ' warne her