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Definition of adventurous

1a : disposed to seek adventure or to cope with the new and unknown an adventurous explorer
b : innovative an adventurous artistic style
2 : characterized by unknown dangers and risks an adventurous journey

Other Words from adventurous

adventurously adverb
adventurousness noun

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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 adventurous in a Sentence

The island attracts adventurous travelers. He is an adventurous cook who is always trying new recipes. Her design is an adventurous departure from what we usually see. They have an adventurous lifestyle.
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Recent Examples on the Web For now, though, the shipwrecks are there for the adventurous to explore. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 The more adventurous might want to tackle the drive and camp solo -- expect plenty of near-vertical pitching in soft sand and quad-bikes roaring in the area. Sarah Walton, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 Venus, the Planet of Love and Affection, is moving on from intense, brooding Scorpio to adventurous Sagittarius, meaning that our relationships are going to take on a lighter, more playful vibe until November 5. Elizabeth Gulino,, 6 Oct. 2021 There are also trailheads in many of those canyons and endless backroads that will take the more adventurous to groves of color visited by very few. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Think of a stylish cookware or dish set for intimate meals together or on-the-go accessories for adventurous dates and getaways. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 18 Aug. 2021 His audacious independence was enabled by willful isolation, at his family’s Aix-en-Provence estate, far from the competitive milieu of Paris, where even the most adventurous of his contemporaries had to subsist on sales. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 21 June 2021 The truly adventurous can take a hot air balloon ride to experience the area from above. Jennifer Prince, Southern Living, 21 June 2021 For the more adventurous, there are two Trek mountain bikes available for use. Jean Chen Smith, The Enquirer, 19 June 2021

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First Known Use of adventurous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for adventurous

alteration (with -d- restored from Latin) of Middle English aventurous "occurring by chance, daring, seeking new exploits," borrowed from Anglo-French, from aventure adventure entry 1 + -ous -ous

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“Adventurous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of adventurous

: not afraid to do new and dangerous or exciting things
: exciting or unusual
: full of danger and excitement


ad·​ven·​tur·​ous | \ əd-ˈven-chə-rəs How to pronounce adventurous (audio) \

Kids Definition of adventurous

1 : ready to take risks or to deal with new or unexpected problems adventurous explorers
2 : dangerous sense 1, risky an adventurous voyage

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adventurous, venturesome, and daring mean taking risks that are not necessary. adventurous is used for a person who goes in search of adventure in spite of the possible dangers. Adventurous youngsters went on a hike through the forest. venturesome is used of a person willing to take many chances. Venturesome explorers searched for lost treasure. daring is used when someone is fearless and willing to take unnecessary risks. Early pilots were especially daring.

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