Definition of adventurous in English:

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Pronunciation: /adˈven(t)SHərəs/
Pronunciation: /ədˈven(t)SHərəs/


1Willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas, or experiences: let’s be adventurous an adventurous traveler
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  • We are reminded that boys are conditioned from an early age to be adventurous and take risks, while girls are taught to be cautious and not stray too far.
  • If you feel adventurous, like new experiences, and have a fairly grounded personality, go for it.
  • Residents of the former East Germany are making up for the years of enforced immobility by becoming the world's most adventurous travellers.
daring, daredevil, intrepid, venturesome, bold, fearless, brave, unafraid, unshrinking, dauntless
informal gutsy, gutty, spunky, skookum
1.1Involving new ideas or methods: they wanted more adventurous meals
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  • In the same vein as the successful restaurants gaining acclaim in Fossgate and Walmgate, it offers adventurous meals which sound mouth-watering.
  • The influence of sociology also encouraged experimentation with a variety of more adventurous and imaginative research methods and new sources of data.
  • While the dynamics of the market are currently pioneering and adventurous, these costs will only grow as the infrastructure enlarges.
1.2Full of excitement: my life couldn’t be more adventurous
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  • She continued, wringing her hands in excitement to finish her adventurous story.
  • At the end of the line, all they may have is a head full of adventurous mishaps to tell their grandchildren about.
  • They embarked on a life that was both romantically adventurous and cozily domestic.
risky, dangerous, perilous, hazardous, precarious, uncertain;
exciting, thrilling



Pronunciation: /adˈven(t)SH(ə)rəslē/
Pronunciation: /ədˈven(t)SH(ə)rəslē/
Example sentences
  • We offer opportunities to play safely but adventurously, and take part in activities that include rural and seasonal crafts, games, story walks and informal learning in an environmentally friendly setting.
  • I wanted to check that if we were going to push forward fairly adventurously with an interesting programme for the future that the company were up for it.
  • Although I'm all in favour of living as adventurously as possible, some fantasies don't combine so well with reality.


Pronunciation: /adˈven(t)SH(ə)rəsnəs/
Pronunciation: /ədˈven(t)SH(ə)rəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • I think the problem was a lack of adventurousness on the part of the so-called independent studios.
  • He lacks the adventurousness of others known for similar roles, appearing stuffy, staid, and stoic by comparison.
  • She brought absolute mastery and compelling musical adventurousness to one of the most difficult works in the repertoire.


Middle English: from Old French aventureus, from aventure (see adventure).

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Syllabification: ad·ven·tur·ous

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