intrepid

adjective in·trep·id \ in-ˈtre-pəd \

Definition of intrepid

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

intrepidity

play \ˌin-trə-ˈpi-də-tē\ noun

intrepidly

play \in-ˈtre-pəd-lē\ adverb

intrepidness

noun

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Examples of intrepid in a Sentence

  1. The heroes are intrepid small-business owners, investigative reporters, plaintiffs and their lawyers, and, of course, Nader himself and his grass-roots organizations. —Jonathan ChaitNew York Times Book Review3 Feb. 2008
  2. 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 RobinsonTravel & LeisureDecember 1999
  3. 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. CantorThe Civilization of the Middle Ages1993
  4. an intrepid explorer who probed parts of the rain forest never previously attempted

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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."

Origin and Etymology of intrepid

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

intrepid Synonyms

Synonyms
bold, courageous, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, gutty, heroic (also heroical), brave, lionhearted, manful, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, undauntable, undaunted, valiant, valorous
Antonyms
chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, coward, cowardly, craven, dastardly, fainthearted, fearful, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], nerveless, poltroon, poor-spirited, pusillanimous, spineless, spiritless, timorous, uncourageous, ungallant, unheroic, weakhearted, yellow
Related Words
determined, firm, game, gamy (or gamey), gritty, plucky, resolute, Spartan, undeterred, undismayed, unflinching, unswerving; mettlesome, spirited, spunky; adventuresome, adventurous, audacious, daring, dashing, hardy, venturesome, venturous; crazy, foolish, half-witted, insane, lunatic, mad, nutty; brash, brazen, daredevil, foolhardy, heedless, hotheaded, impetuous, imprudent, impulsive, incautious, madcap, overbold, overconfident, rash, reckless, thoughtless, wild; hasty, headlong, precipitate; comforted, emboldened, encouraged, heartened, reassured, unafraid
Near Antonyms
diffident, mousy (or mousey), scary, shy, skittish, timid; anxious, apprehensive, nervous; careful, cautious, heedful, prudent, unadventurous; afraid, agitated, disconcerted, disquieted, disturbed, frightened, horrified, panicked, panic-stricken, perturbed, scared, shocked, spooked, startled, terrified, terrorized, unnerved, upset; appalled, concerned, dismayed, worried; unmanly, weak, wimpy

INTREPID Defined for English Language Learners

intrepid

adjective

Definition of intrepid for English Language Learners

  • : feeling no fear : very bold or brave


INTREPID Defined for Kids

intrepid

adjective in·trep·id \ in-ˈtre-pəd \

Definition of intrepid for Students

:feeling no fear :bold


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