in·​trep·​id | \ in-ˈtre-pəd How to pronounce intrepid (audio) \

Definition of intrepid

: characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance an intrepid explorer

Other Words from intrepid

intrepidity \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈpi-​də-​tē How to pronounce intrepid (audio) \ noun
intrepidly \ in-​ˈtre-​pəd-​lē How to pronounce intrepid (audio) \ adverb
intrepidness noun

Don't Be Afraid to Learn About Intrepid

You need not be afraid to find out the origins of this word, although its history does include fear. Intrepid derives from the Latin word intrepidus, itself formed by the combination of the prefix in- (meaning "not") and trepidus, meaning "alarmed." Other relatives of trepidus in English include trepidation and trepidatious, as well as trepid (which actually predates intrepid and means "fearful"). Synonyms for intrepid include courageous, valiant, fearless, valorous, and simply brave. Intrepid aptly describes anyone—from explorers to reporters—who ventures bravely into unknown territory, though often you'll see the word loaded with irony, as in "an intrepid volunteer sampled the entries at the pie bake-off."

Examples of intrepid in a Sentence

The heroes are intrepid small-business owners, investigative reporters, plaintiffs and their lawyers, and, of course, Nader himself and his grass-roots organizations. — Jonathan Chait, New York Times Book Review, 3 Feb. 2008 Author and explorer Dame Freya Stark was one of the most intrepid adventurers of all time. (T. E. Lawrence, no slouch in the travel department himself, called her "gallant" and "remarkable.") — Kimberly Robinson, Travel & Leisure, December 1999 Meanwhile, the intrepid Florentine traveler Marco Polo had been to China and brought back with him a noodle dish that became Italian pasta … — Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1993 an intrepid explorer who probed parts of the rain forest never previously attempted
Recent Examples on the Web In an interview a decade earlier, an intrepid reporter asked Mr. Johnson when Fidelity might offer its stock to the public. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 To stop Grindelwald, Dumbledore enlists the help of an intrepid team of wizards (and one muggle) led by magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 28 Feb. 2022 The railway carriage, which belongs to Mantis founder and chairman Adrian Gardiner, has been lovingly restored to now house intrepid travelers looking for a bit of old-world charm. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2022 An intrepid team of researchers decided to figure out why and took advantage of the millions of cat owners stuck at home during the pandemic with their kitties. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 24 Dec. 2021 From a swanky club somewhere in London, no doubt sleepy creator Peter Morgan thanked his intrepid research team while director Jessica Hobbs paid tribute to fellow women directors. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 Knuckles has his own beef with Sonic, but the intrepid hedgehog gets some unexpected backup from Tails (voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey). Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2022 Tourism has restarted in earnest in Kenya — with intrepid American families like ours driving much of the business. Jacqueline Gifford, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2022 And no trio embodies the spirit of that mantra more than a group of intrepid adventurers who call themselves The Wander Women. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intrepid

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intrepid

Latin intrepidus, from in- + trepidus alarmed — more at trepidation

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“Intrepid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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in·​trep·​id | \ in-ˈtre-pəd How to pronounce intrepid (audio) \

Kids Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : bold

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