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

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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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Other setbacks that might be insurmountable to less intrepid competitors are his sports injuries. Ramona Sentinel, "Denney has high hopes of winning motorcycle contest," 15 Aug. 2019 However, intrepid winemakers in the Barossa Valley—such as Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold, founder of Penfold’s Grange—had a different experience with the grape in the region’s hot climate, and deemed Shiraz worthy of its own label. Fortune, "Australia’s New Wave of Winemakers Won’t Make Shiraz," 11 Aug. 2019 Ever the intrepid reporter, Salie decided to get to the bottom of this, and with a little help transforms into a mermaid herself! CBS News, "A tale of mermaids," 11 Aug. 2019 Their black lab swells from a puppy in a tote bag to an intrepid hiking companion. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "When Friendship Fades But the Images Linger," 9 Aug. 2019 One intrepid camper Thursday asked what the fish smoothies taste like. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "There’s something fishy about the smoothies at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center," 1 Aug. 2019 Big-name retailers like Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and others are offering extremely seductive sales right now for the intrepid bargain shopper. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "7 best deals you can get this Thursday," 25 July 2019 Maun is a former dusty outpost for intrepid travelers and old-school hunting outfits. Andrew Stein, National Geographic, "Explore the thriving safari industry with these insider tips.," 1 Apr. 2019 Hoppe said intrepid adventurers ages 6 months to 85 years have climbed at the events, along with those with disabilities. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Towering treasures: Arbor Day beckons us all to dig a hole, plant a tree," 6 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'intrepid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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