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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Beyond these diminutive mountains are steeper ones — including the tremendous, 9,150-foot Bald Mountain, affectionately known as Baldy and etched with 75 ski runs — that make the town a powerful draw for the adventurous and athletic. Nell Casey, Town & Country, "Surviving Hemingway," 7 Aug. 2013 Gucci has the Rhyton, and for the really adventurous, the Flashtrek. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The sneaker is the new “it” bag," 10 June 2019 So the smart money’s still on Europe taking the more adventurous and aggressive antitrust measures. Lionel Laurent, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Apple, Facebook and Google have lost the monopoly argument," 7 June 2019 Sometimes the craving for exotica meant creating whole new growing environments, none more adventurous than the rock garden. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This unusual garden style could be a sustainable solution for urban landscapes," 5 June 2019 At the same time, while Utah has toned down how the university markets its premier athletic program, sports photography in general has gotten much more adventurous. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 Between the two royal brides, one thing is certain–each used their second dress as a less fussy, and more adventurous expression of their personal style, while insuring their silhouettes were sophisticated. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Details of Eugenie's Second Wedding Dress–Compared to Meghan Markle's," 14 Oct. 2018 The Ventura also has a 2x9 drivetrain, mounts for fenders, and a rear rack for more adventurous journeys. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Road Bikes for Every Cyclist," 8 May 2019 With more than 50 bands appearing on 10 stages for 11 hours on Saturday, Middle of the Map represented an embarrassment of riches for adventurous listeners. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Built to Spill, Social Distortion fittingly end great music day at Middle of the Map," 1 July 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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The first known use of adventurous was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for adventurous

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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