adventurous

[ad-ven-cher-uhs]

adjective

inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures.
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

Synonyms for adventurous

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Related Words for adventurousness

boldness, daredeviltry, recklessness, audacity, bravery

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British Dictionary definitions for adventurousness

adventurous

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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