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[ven-cher-suh m] /ˈvɛn tʃər səm/
having or showing a disposition to undertake risky or dangerous activities; daring:
a venturesome investor; a venturesome explorer.
attended with risk; hazardous:
Auto racing is a venturesome sport.
Origin of venturesome
First recorded in 1655-65; venture + -some1
Related forms
venturesomely, adverb
venturesomeness, noun
overventuresome, adjective
unventuresome, adjective
1. enterprising; rash. 2. risky, perilous, unsafe.
1. cautious. Unabridged
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  • But there are alleys, and alleys, as the venturesome lady found to her cost.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • One venturesome damsel goes to the door "Why, it's a young man!"

  • And there was in him also a fine carelessness as to what he did and a love of venturesome enterprise.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • This was no longer the adventure of venturesome children in a nursery-book.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • She played ungodly songs, but Mary Hope had a venturesome spirit.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Because I'd rather have you with me, you venturesome youth—then I should know you were safe.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • His airy play with the texts of Holy Scripture had been too venturesome for many.

  • The Emperor died, and his venturesome plan was not proceeded with.

British Dictionary definitions for venturesome


willing to take risks; daring
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for venturesome

1660s, from venture + -some (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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