intrepid was our Word of the Day on 12/26/2011. Hear the podcast!
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 of intrepid from the Web
Herders, nomads and tribal villagers were living here when intrepid Westerners began visiting in the 17th century.
One of our intrepid investigators turns out to be a huge fan of the series and uses his or her canonical knowledge to help solve the crime, amidst all sorts of winking and nudging about Hollywood superficiality and egos.
Before long, thrill-seeking youths were scaling the rocky heights, armed with diaries and easels to record their impressions; and by the 1890s, the limber and intrepid had taken up a novelty sport called downhill skiing.
Yet since that awful moment, I’m awed by the testimonies of your courage and intrepid spirit.
Or, as intrepid publicists there are spinning it, our new one-hole, par-1 golf course.
There are so many options here this summer that the most intrepid concertgoer could clone themselves and still not get to all of them.
Our intrepid embeds, TV reporter Bill Keveney (@billkev) and entertainment reporter Carly Mallenbaum (@ThatGirlCarly), give all the details after attending the season finales of ABC's Dancing With the Stars and NBC's The Voice, respectively.
Folks in the comments are saying that these intrepid soldiers may in fact be French-Canadian, not French.
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Don't Be Afraid to Learn About Intrepid
You need not be afraid to find out the origins of today’s 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") and even the rare "trepidity" (a synonym for "trepidation" in the sense of "fear, apprehension"). Synonyms for "intrepid" include "courageous," "valiant," "fearless," "valorous," and simply "brave."
INTREPID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intrepid for English Language Learners
: feeling no fear : very bold or brave
INTREPID Defined for Kids
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