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adventurous

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

Synonyms

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1. bold, daring, venturous, venturesome.
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Examples from the Web for adventurously

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  • On the contrary, I run my head into each danger most adventurously.

  • For he was adventurously happy in his propinquity to that simple and sincere creature.

    The Regent

    E. Arnold Bennett

  • "We'll risk it," John declared, adventurously; and the children echoed his enthusiasm with joy.

    Poor Relations

    Compton Mackenzie

  • He still wanted her adventurously, but her adventure was not the adventure of siege and capture but of peaceful holding.

    Joanna Godden

    Sheila Kaye-Smith

  • True type of the British sailor, he had the physique of a strong man and the adventurously cheerful expression of a boy.


British Dictionary definitions for adventurously

adventurous

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

adventurous

adj.

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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