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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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

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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 The weekly livestream has all sorts of projects and activities for intrepid Scouts (and Scout wannabes), from cooking to knot-tying to music. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Places for Your Kids to Learn Real Life Skills Online," 4 May 2020 Furthermore, your intrepid reporter made a rather impressive 32 on the Wonderlic despite a host of sportswriters providing play-by-play like a tree full of grackles. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "How will the Cowboys’ draft class translate to more winning? Rookies on the field, for starters.," 2 May 2020 Sometime between around 60,000 to 100,000 years ago, a small population of modern humans migrated out of Africa, and all living humans in Eurasia, Australia and the Americas are descendants of these intrepid travelers. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fifty Things We’ve Learned About the Earth Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Acting a little less than David Bowie but more than Bob Dylan, Jagger’s film career has been consistently intrepid. Washington Post, "Returning to acting, Jagger plays a man of wealth and taste," 5 Mar. 2020 For example, one intrepid gambler made a $350 bet that the San Francisco 49ers would trade up to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who the Washington Redskins are expected to pick as the draft's second player. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "DraftKings goes public without many live sports to bet on," 23 Apr. 2020 Maybe now would be a good time to turn away from television intrepid colleagues: Dispensing severance tips like Kleenex, and the people—through no fault of their own—who need them. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The essential workers hoping to survive," 17 Apr. 2020 And a handful of intrepid artists have tasked themselves with constructing these virtual spaces. Joey Lautrup, Time, "In a Socially Distant World, Artists Are Forging a New Era of Online Performance," 31 Mar. 2020 The intrepid Spaniard commenced to explore and trade in the West Indies and Central America before trundling down to Peru to conquer it over the Incans. cleveland, "Arkansas’ Hot Springs is perfect place to do a little exploring," 8 Mar. 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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26 May 2020

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“Intrepid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intrepid

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


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

Kids Definition of intrepid

: feeling no fear : bold

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