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[ad-ven-cher-uh s]
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  1. inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures.
  2. full of risk; requiring courage; hazardous: an adventurous undertaking.

Origin of adventurous

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French
Related formsad·ven·tur·ous·ly, adverbad·ven·tur·ous·ness, nounnon·ad·ven·tur·ous, adjectivenon·ad·ven·tur·ous·ly, adverbnon·ad·ven·tur·ous·ness, nounun·ad·ven·tur·ous, adjectiveun·ad·ven·tur·ous·ly, adverbun·ad·ven·tur·ous·ness, noun


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1. bold, daring, venturous, venturesome.
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  • He was Pepsy's steady comrade and the partner of all her adventurous escapades.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • No adventurous step had ever since the day they were created pierced beyond them.


    William Godwin

  • So saying he hurled the adventurous Frenchman half down the corridor.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • No one but an adventurous traveller can know the luxury of sleep.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

  • Certainly, in his long and adventurous career Bismarck was often close to death.

    Blood and Iron

    John Hubert Greusel

British Dictionary definitions for adventurous


  1. Also: adventuresome daring or enterprising
  2. dangerous; involving risk
Derived Formsadventurously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adventurous


mid-14c., "hazardous" (also "occurring by chance," late 14c.), from Old French aventuros "chance, accidental, fortuitous;" of persons, "devoted to adventure" (Modern French aventureux), from aventure (see adventure (n.)). Sense evolution is through "rash, risk-taking" (c.1400), "daring, fond of adventure" (mid-15c.).

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