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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Recent Examples on the Web So with math working against even the most intrepid bubblers, Burton’s team is back to working on the chemical makeup of the bubble fluid itself. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Math of the Perfect Bubble," 5 Feb. 2020 There are believed to be millions of these benign jellyfish in Kakaban Lake, which has become a popular spot for tourists intrepid enough to reach the remote archipelago known as the Derawan Islands. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "A Lake With Stingless Jellyfish and Hints of Hotter Seas," 4 Nov. 2019 Winter may seem a bit of a burden in the snow belt -- but the youthful and intrepid among us can remind us of resilient and spirited enjoyment. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Children are our shining lights: Sun Messages," 17 Dec. 2019 Deep in the bowels of a cave system on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, in a dim chamber accessible only to the most intrepid of spelunkers, lies a red-tinted painting depicting what appears to be a vivid hunt or ritual. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Newly Discovered Indonesian Cave Art May Represent World’s Oldest Known Hunting Scene," 12 Dec. 2019 Luckily, the more intrepid Christmas enthusiasts don’t have to rely on expensive farmed trees bought in a grocery store parking lot. oregonlive, "Christmas tree prices are high, but it’s cheap to cut down your own with a U.S. Forest Service permit," 30 Nov. 2019 The National Philharmonic was ambitious and intrepid. Anne Midgette, chicagotribune.com, "People are upset when an orchestra closes - if only they went to the concerts," 20 July 2019 The National Philharmonic was ambitious and intrepid. Washington Post, "People are upset when an orchestra closes. If only they went to the concerts.," 20 July 2019 One day, an intrepid young man, Stubbins (Harry Collett) and an annoying young girl, Lady Rose (Carmel Laniado) crash his pity party. cleveland, "In cursed ‘Dolittle,’ they could not have done less (review)," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Intrepid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intrepid. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for intrepid

intrepid

adjective
How to pronounce intrepid (audio)

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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