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[ad-ven-cher-uh s] /ædˈvɛn tʃər əs/
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 forms
adventurously, adverb
adventurousness, noun
nonadventurous, adjective
nonadventurously, adverb
nonadventurousness, noun
unadventurous, adjective
unadventurously, adverb
unadventurousness, noun
1. bold, daring, venturous, venturesome. Unabridged
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  • Some of these adventurous men have been nearly frozen to death.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • No adventurous step had ever since the day they were created pierced beyond them.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • It was an extraordinary and adventurous journey, often dangerous; but greater danger was to follow.

  • No one but an adventurous traveller can know the luxury of sleep.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • This individual was one of those remarkable characters, formed by the rough and adventurous circumstances of western life.

British Dictionary definitions for adventurous


Also adventuresome. daring or enterprising
dangerous; involving risk
Derived Forms
adventurously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adventurous

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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