ven·​ture·​some ˈven(t)-shər-səm How to pronounce venturesome (audio)
: inclined to court or incur risk or danger : daring
a venturesome investor
: involving risk : hazardous
a venturesome journey
venturesomely adverb
venturesomeness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for venturesome

adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy mean exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense.

adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence.

adventurous pioneers

venturesome implies a jaunty eagerness for perilous undertakings.

venturesome stunt pilots

daring implies fearlessness in courting danger.

daring mountain climbers

daredevil stresses ostentation in daring.

daredevil motorcyclists

rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought.

a rash decision

reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences.

a reckless driver

foolhardy suggests a recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense.

the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm

Examples of venturesome in a Sentence

a venturesome child tried to climb the huge tree the first solo pilot to undertake the venturesome crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by air
Recent Examples on the Web The venturesome Robert Irwin produced a spectral sculpture for a California mall in 1970, and Takashi Murakami infamously incorporated a Louis Vuitton pop-up in his 2007—08 traveling museum retrospective. Andrew Russeth, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Don Murray, the venturesome actor who earned an Oscar nomination for playing a rodeo cowboy smitten by Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop, then spurned Hollywood’s attempts to mold him, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Feb. 2024 For example, until the early 2000s, Countrywide did no subprime lending, leaving the field to the venturesome likes of the Money Store and Guardian S&L. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 18 July 2023 Part of a string of recent high-profile divorce records, Chemistry represents Clarkson at her most venturesome and liberated. Vulture, 27 June 2023 Also coming to GroundUp is venturesome singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham, a Grammy nominee who is the subject of a recent profile worth checking out at Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2023 Maybe low-budget films, documentaries, and foreign language fare didn’t always take up the slack, but the best of them at least tried to be more venturesome than the usual ossified studio product. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Dec. 2022 In addition to chronicling episodes from this brave, venturesome life, Drury depicts modern-day nurses, mothers and other caregivers, sometimes imagining them as time-traveling avatars of Seacole herself — hence the plural of the title. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Transitioning from live performances to virtual presentations neither intimidated nor inhibited the co-artistic directors of San Diego’s venturesome Project [BLANK], Leslie Ann Leytham and Brendan Nguyen. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of venturesome was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Venturesome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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ven·​ture·​some ˈven-chər-səm How to pronounce venturesome (audio)
: tending to take risks
venturesome explorers
: involving risk : risky, dangerous
a venturesome journey
venturesomeness noun

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