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

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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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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In a weekend of surprises, not everyone was so adventurous. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Mexico Stuns Germany in World Cup Opener," 17 June 2018 Wok-fried with chilies and spring onions, adventurous eaters will find that this snack is shockingly flavorful and satisfying. Christina Liao, Vogue, "All the Szechuan Food You Should Try in Chengdu, China," 5 June 2018 Bob, an adventurous traveler, journeyed with family and friends to the far reaches of the world exploring the incredible diversity of cultures our world has to offer., "Robert E. Loss," 10 Mar. 2018 In a partnership with the Aquarium de Paris, Airbnb is providing adventurous travelers with the opportunity to sleep with the sharks. Kari Costas, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb's Latest Listing Is Its Scariest Yet," 30 Mar. 2016 Simply put, anyone who is adventurous, loves traveling to Europe and is fit enough to do 10-mile-a-day hikes should seriously consider this trip. Doug Hansen,, "Hiking Spain's wild coast," 12 July 2018 Food was another big highlight for the pair, who are equally adventurous in the culinary realm. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "Paradise awaits in the Philippines," 2 July 2018 Instead of being adventurous, the elite became glamorous. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Jonathan Rhys Meyers Has Only Seen Velvet Goldmine Once," 20 June 2018 Deborah Conrad, Intel’s former chief marketing officer, says the company was thrilled with its collaboration with Vice, which was more adventurous than proposals from more traditional agencies. Reeves Wiedeman, Daily Intelligencer, "A Company Built on a Bluff," 10 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of adventurous

: not afraid to do new and dangerous or exciting things

: exciting or unusual

: full of danger and excitement


ad·ven·tur·ous | \ əd-ˈven-chə-rəs \

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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