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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

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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Recent Examples on the Web For the adventurous There is nothing exciting about the four walls of your basement. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your house is boring. Spice up your Zoom chats with these Milwaukee and Wisconsin backgrounds," 22 Apr. 2020 El Capitan is particularly popular among the adventurous because of its vertical constitution and ultra-tall 3,000-foot base-to-summit face (that’s over twice as tall as the Empire State Building, for scale). Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, "Tune in to These Yosemite National Park Webcams to Fuel Your Love of the Outdoors (Video)," 8 Apr. 2020 Sweet corn and ricotta with a whole egg yolk for the adventurous. Bon Appétit, "92 Cooking Projects to Keep You Busy and Extremely Well Fed," 19 Mar. 2020 In 1924, David-Néel disguised herself as a beggar and made her way to the holy city of Lhasa, which at the time, was forbidden to foreigners. Born in 1868, David-Néel’s adventurous spirit was unheard of for a woman. Mélissa Godin, Time, "7 Female Trekkers Who Helped Reclaim Nature, One Step at a Time," 28 Feb. 2020 Roie Galitz’s adventurous spirit has quite literally driven him to the ends of the earth. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Photographer Goes to the Ends of the Earth to Capture Rarely Viewed Animals," 1 Jan. 2020 Some brands are more adventurous than others with their playlists, Turner said. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "How stores choose which songs to play," 24 Dec. 2019 Backpacking gear will be provided to adventurous spirits, although footwear and clothing are up to each individual. cleveland, "Defeat the winter doldrums with Cleveland Metroparks’ recreational activities," 11 Dec. 2019 There’s so much to love: her bright mind, her adventurous spirit. Michael Callahan, Marie Claire, "The Timely Return of Nancy Drew," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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27 May 2020

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“Adventurous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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 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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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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