adventurous

adjective
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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Much of this adventurous trying of the new speaks to a growing confidence in just wearing a name for a name’s sake; individualism and self-expression are driving fashion buys like never before. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "’90s-Era Prada Nylon, Investment Blazers, and the Blanket You Share With Your Bed: What We Bought in 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Photo: Lauren Justice for The Wall Street Journal More adventurous cheese eating poses a challenge for big U.S. cheese makers focused on traditional varieties. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "America Can’t Move Its Cheese," 17 Dec. 2018 Anyone wanting a more adventurous shade—of which there were six—has to find a little more cash. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla thins out its paint palette to “simplify manufacturing” at factory," 11 Sep. 2018 The adventurous tales of the boy with a lightning bolt scar will never end. Kelley Rowland, Woman's Day, "Harry Potter Lives On," 8 July 2014 In his view, this culture is largely responsible for the loss of adventurous spirit in contemporary life. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Why Honor Matters’ Review: Taking Things Personally," 3 Aug. 2018 Hedy will be known by many for her infectious smile and adventurous spirit. courant.com, "Hedy C. Miles Doty," 30 June 2018 Next, prepare your tongue, and adventurous spirit, for the mains. Lillian Li, Bon Appetit, "We Like Our Crispy Intestines Extra Crispy," 6 June 2018 Though unlike any of their past works, Wide Awake! leaves nothing up to interpretation, using the production wisdom of Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) to create their most adventurous and least frivolous record yet. Eli Enis, Billboard, "Parquet Courts on Resisting Nihilism & Why Working With Kids Was 'Pretty Scary'," 16 May 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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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 \

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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