adjective ad·ven·tur·ous \əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rəs\

: not afraid to do new and dangerous or exciting things

: exciting or unusual

: full of danger and excitement

Full Definition of ADVENTUROUS

a :  disposed to seek adventure or to cope with the new and unknown <an adventurous explorer>
b :  innovative <an adventurous artistic style>
:  characterized by unknown dangers and risks <an adventurous journey>
ad·ven·tur·ous·ly adverb
ad·ven·tur·ous·ness noun


  1. The island attracts adventurous travelers.
  2. He is an adventurous cook who is always trying new recipes.
  3. Her design is an adventurous departure from what we usually see.
  4. They have an adventurous lifestyle.

First Known Use of ADVENTUROUS

15th century

Synonym Discussion of ADVENTUROUS

adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy mean exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense. adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence <adventurous pioneers>. venturesome implies eagerness for perilous undertakings <venturesome stunt pilots>. daring implies fearlessness in courting danger <daring mountain climbers>. daredevil stresses ostentation in daring <daredevil motorcyclists>. rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought <a rash decision>. reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences <a reckless driver>. foolhardy suggests a lack of good sense <the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm>.


adjective ad·ven·tur·ous \əd-ˈven-chə-rəs\

Definition of ADVENTUROUS for Kids

:  ready to take risks or to deal with new or unexpected problems <adventurous explorers>
:  dangerous 1, risky <an adventurous voyage>

Synonym Discussion of ADVENTUROUS

adventurous, venturesome, and daring mean taking risks that are not necessary. adventurous is used for a person who goes in search of adventure in spite of the possible dangers. <Adventurous youngsters went on a hike through the forest.> venturesome is used of a person willing to take many chances. <Venturesome explorers searched for lost treasure.> daring is used when someone is fearless and willing to take unnecessary risks. <Early pilots were especially daring.>


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