adventurous

[ ad-ven-cher-uhs ]
/ ædˈvɛn tʃər əs /

adjective

inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures.
full of risk; requiring courage; hazardous: an adventurous undertaking.

Nearby words

  1. adventurer,
  2. adventuresome,
  3. adventuress,
  4. adventurism,
  5. adventurist,
  6. adverb,
  7. adverb clause,
  8. adverbial,
  9. adverbial phrase,
  10. advergame

Origin of adventurous

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French

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British Dictionary definitions for adventurousness

adventurous

/ (ədˈvɛntʃərəs) /

adjective

Also: adventuresome daring or enterprising
dangerous; involving risk
Derived Formsadventurously, adverb

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Word Origin and History for adventurousness

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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