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[in-trep-id] /ɪnˈtrɛp ɪd/
resolutely fearless; dauntless:
an intrepid explorer.
Origin of intrepid
1690-1700; < Latin intrepidus, equivalent to in- in-3 + trepidus anxious; see trepidation
Related forms
intrepidity, intrepidness, noun
intrepidly, adverb
brave, courageous, bold.
timid. Unabridged
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  • And the sea's silty, cold waters made visibility almost nonexistent for the intrepid few who wanted to explore the medieval ruins.
  • Only time and more fossils will reveal who these intrepid travelers were and why they left their motherland.
  • intrepid biologists attach a digital acoustic tag to a pilot whale.
  • It's a great book that combines biography, natural history, and intrepid on-the-ground reporting.
  • The entrepreneur was more adventurous, by far, than the designer-an intrepid pioneer of self-promotion.
  • But it was brought back under control with the help of some intrepid and creative vaccination strategies.
  • But it wasn't until the intrepid bacteria returned home that scientists could measure the real effects of space.
  • As soon as our intrepid cameraman zooms out, which minimises the effects of cameraman-induced motion, the light steadies.
  • Those at home will probably never know anything about what happened to the intrepid explorers.
  • Both intrepid, they went off the usual course into the woods, and from that day on skied together as much as they could.
British Dictionary definitions for intrepid


fearless; daring; bold
Derived Forms
intrepidity, intrepidness, noun
intrepidly, adverb
Word Origin
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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