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 formsven·ture·some·ly, adverbven·ture·some·ness, nouno·ver·ven·ture·some, adjectiveun·ven·ture·some, adjective

Synonyms for venturesome

Antonyms for venturesome Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for venturesome

Contemporary Examples of venturesome

Historical Examples of venturesome

  • But there are alleys, and alleys, as the venturesome lady found to her cost.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for venturesome


venturous (ˈvɛntʃərəs)


willing to take risks; daring
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Word Origin and History for venturesome

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

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