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  1. resolutely fearless; dauntless: an intrepid explorer.
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Origin of intrepid

1690–1700; < Latin intrepidus, equivalent to in- in-3 + trepidus anxious; see trepidation
Related formsin·tre·pid·i·ty, in·trep·id·ness, nounin·trep·id·ly, adverb

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Related Words for intrepid

heroic, fearless, spunky, courageous, plucky, audacious, bold, daring, dauntless, doughty, gallant, game, gritty, gutsy, lionhearted, nerveless, resolute, stalwart, unafraid, undaunted

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British Dictionary definitions for intrepid


  1. fearless; daring; bold
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Derived Formsintrepidity or intrepidness, nounintrepidly, adverb

Word Origin for intrepid

C17: from Latin intrepidus, from in- 1 + trepidus fearful, timid
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Word Origin and History for intrepid


1620s (implied in intrepidness), from French intrépide (16c.) and directly from Latin intrepidus "unshaken, undaunted," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + trepidus "alarmed" (see trepidation). Related: Intrepidly.

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