adventurous

adjective
ad·​ven·​tur·​ous | \ əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rəs How to pronounce adventurous (audio) \

Definition of adventurous

1a : disposed to seek adventure or to cope with the new and unknown an adventurous explorer
b : innovative an adventurous artistic style
2 : characterized by unknown dangers and risks an adventurous journey

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Other Words from adventurous

adventurously adverb
adventurousness noun

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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 a jaunty 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 recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense. the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm

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.

Examples of adventurous in a Sentence

The island attracts adventurous travelers. He is an adventurous cook who is always trying new recipes. Her design is an adventurous departure from what we usually see. They have an adventurous lifestyle.
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This is a series of stories about travel and food, as each menu is meticulously detailed, and the adventurous and challenging aspects of road trips (and travel abroad) are inevitably explored. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "Famous writers get together over dinner in Rick Bass' tasty 'Traveling Feast'," 12 June 2018 The seemingly simple pairing of raw fish and rice was the domain of the adventurous and the very rich, the ones who were looking to impress. Fox News, "The best sushi restaurants in America," 23 Oct. 2015 The adventurous can take an outrigger canoe out onto the water or join a hike to see the area's waterfalls. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Some users are adventurous, and seek to be the first to use new Windows 10 features via Microsoft’s Windows Insider program. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Careful! Windows 10's 'Check for updates' button may download beta code," 12 Dec. 2018 There are the classics like ham and deviled eggs but creative cooks can also whip up something a little different for adventurous eaters. Fox News, "12 Easter dinner dishes for a super Sunday," 21 Mar. 2016 Twelve years ago, Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes headed to Marrakech from Los Angeles with the plan to take a year off from their careers in public relations and filmmaking, respectively, and indulge in an adventurous sabbatical. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "The Vivacious 18th-Century Marakesh Medina of Two L.A. Transplants," 28 Dec. 2018 Historically, envelope-pushing menswear designers who have struggled to find an audience for their more androgynous, adventurous designs have turned inward, reinventing everything from the fanny pack to pockets to work boots. Liz Raiss, GQ, "This Summer's Best Sandals Got the Big Ugly Sneaker Treatment," 4 July 2018 The 30,000-acre section of the park offers three beaches for swimming and a remote backpacking camping area for the very adventurous. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 relaxing campground getaways outside of Chicago," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of adventurous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for adventurous

alteration (with -d- restored from Latin) of Middle English aventurous "occurring by chance, daring, seeking new exploits," borrowed from Anglo-French, from aventure adventure entry 1 + -ous -ous

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adventurous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of adventurous

: not afraid to do new and dangerous or exciting things
: exciting or unusual
: full of danger and excitement

adventurous

adjective
ad·​ven·​tur·​ous | \ əd-ˈven-chə-rəs How to pronounce adventurous (audio) \

Kids Definition of adventurous

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

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