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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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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Vibrant Sagittarius and Aries are inherently adventurous and see unpredictability as exciting rather than scary. Ashley Otero, Teen Vogue, "Who You Should Date, Based on Your Horoscope," 20 Aug. 2018 And everyone has an interesting background because something triggers their ability to want to be adventurous, live this life, be nomadic, be social. Steve Friess, New York Times, "A Gated Community for a Home on Wheels," 28 June 2018 For those who are more adventurous and love high places, head to West Fairmount Park and climb among the trees at Treetop Quest, a sprawling obstacle course that includes 20 zip-lines and 60 obstacles to navigate through. Tauhid Chappell,, "Some children separated at border are in Pa., police killings strain entire black communities June 22 | Morning Newsletter," 22 June 2018 The car-vending idea has foundered in the U.S., but China’s retail climate is considered more adventurous and Alibaba is already wants other car makers to take the ride. Paul Page, WSJ, "Escalating U.S.-China Trade Threats, Hurricane Harvey’s New Shipping Legacy, Shifting Auto Supply Chains," 6 Apr. 2018 The opportunities to experience art are vast in St. Louis, but few are as adventurous as The Contemporary Art Museum. Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to the Magic of St. Louis, Missouri," 12 Mar. 2018 But he's played everything from folk and rock to some very adventurous and challenging jazz. Lawrence Specker,, "Drummer John Milham moves to the front of the stage," 2 Feb. 2018 My First: Home Sweet Home Memorable lives combine tough choices, an adventurous spirit, hard work, and luck—and who knows where any of it comes from? The Editors, Outside Online, "The Moments That Changed Us," 11 July 2018 Death, however, was not a consideration for the young and adventurous crew. Lindsey Bever, ajc, "The dramatic and tragic rescue of explorers trapped in a cave — 53 years ago in America," 10 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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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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