adjective ad·ven·tur·ous \ əd-ˈven-ch(ə-)rəs \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of adventurous

1 a : 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





Examples of adventurous in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of adventurous from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of adventurous

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

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 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 Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of adventurous for English Language Learners

  • : not afraid to do new and dangerous or exciting things

  • : exciting or unusual

  • : full of danger and excitement

ADVENTUROUS Defined for Kids


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

Definition of adventurous for Students

1 : ready to take risks or to deal with new or unexpected problems
  • adventurous explorers
2 : 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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