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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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 For Wenzel that means dipping his toe into experimental beers to attract the adventurous beer drinker, as well as those more accustomed to wine and cocktails. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "New Belgium Builds a Brewery in a Denver Hotel," 12 Apr. 2019 With Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms This pickled mushroom recipe will definitely satisfy those with adventurous tastebuds. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean, Prep, and Cook Mushrooms Perfectly," 22 Feb. 2019 The bartenders are always ready to indulge an adventurous streak. Kelly Dinardo, WSJ, "Geneva Beyond the Cliché," 12 Dec. 2018 Children can learn about both the vibrant palette and the adventurous personality of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-54) in this solo piece, presented in Queens by Teatro SEA, New York City’s Latino theater for children. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were affiliated with the Canadian group High on Life, an online brand that promotes travel and an adventurous lifestyle to hundreds of thousands of followers. Sarah Mervosh, BostonGlobe.com, "Three YouTube thrill-seekers die in waterfall accident in Canada," 8 July 2018 Massey says the promotion, which was unveiled a few weeks back, has already yielded a handful of adventurous customers. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Throwing your skin into the wind: Houston tattoo shop plays with fate and a tattoo dartboard," 3 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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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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