Origin of adventurous
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Examples from the Web for unadventurous
All of them are plain, boring, unadventurous, and blush when the topic of sex is brought up.Lifetime’s ‘Girlfriend Intervention’: The Fairy Black Mothers TV Doesn’t Need
September 25, 2014
Howard Kurtz on the unadventurous address that made little attempt to get personal.
It was a strong speech, a solid speech, a well-delivered and well-received speech—but also a safe and unadventurous speech.
David Grann is a New Yorker staff writer who, by his own admission, is unadventurous and prone to get lost on the C train.Raiders of the Lost City
The Daily Beast
February 24, 2009
He felt a prisoner, sitting safe and easy and unadventurous.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Sam claimed to be a very backward, cautious, unadventurous boy.Mark Twain
He was not unadventurous in his scramblings, but with no ambition to get to the top of everything.The Life of John Ruskin
W. G. Collingwood
"The Wimbushes and the Lapiths were always an unadventurous, respectable crew," said Priscilla, with a note of scorn in her voice.Crome Yellow
His intellect was inexhaustibly fertile of distinctions and objections; his temper calm and unadventurous.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
- not daring or enterprising
- Also: adventuresome daring or enterprising
- dangerous; involving risk
Word Origin and History for unadventurous
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.).