intrepid

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

Definition of intrepid

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

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Other Words from intrepid

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

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."

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
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Miranda crammed an astonishing 20,520 words into the not-quite three-hour musical, according to Leah Libresco, an intrepid reporter for the website fivethirtyeight.com, who counted every one of them. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019 For intrepid types, the Royal Gorge trip moves through class III to V rapids. Brittany Anas, The Know, "Hit these 5 Colorado rivers for amazing whitewater rafting this summer," 18 June 2019 This group of intrepid hair vloggers brought much more awareness to the many textures of black hair and, alongside it, an entire cottage industry that explains what those textures are, and how to take care of them and style them. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "The YouTubers Who Changed the Landscape for #NaturalHair," 18 June 2019 Good news for fans of the intrepid British detective Endeavour Morse: the drama isn't over yet. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Endeavour Season 7: Everything We Know So Far," 17 June 2019 Such disturbing tidbits are woven into the author’s compelling narrative about the intrepid human beings whose curiosity about the world lures them to forbidding places. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'The Ice at the End of the World' review: Scary clues of climate change in Greenland," 11 June 2019 At first there was no mention of Avengers: Endgame, but a few intrepid Reddit users managed to put the pieces together by matching photos from the listing with screenshots of scenes from Tony’s funeral and others. Christian Holub, EW.com, "You can now rent Tony Stark's Avengers: Endgame cabin on Airbnb," 11 June 2019 Photo: Kino Lorber Grace Cunard played equally intrepid heroines in her popular adventure serials. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, "‘Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers’ Review: Highlighting a Forgotten History," 18 July 2018 In the musical, Auntie Mame, the intrepid heroine at the low point of her luck promptly organized an out-of-season Christmas celebration. Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Cope With Holiday Loneliness," 25 Dec. 2014

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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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The first known use of intrepid was in 1680

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intrepid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intrepid

literary + often humorous : feeling no fear : very bold or brave

intrepid

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

Kids Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : bold

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