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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: English, 17th century


Willing to take risks or embark on difficult or unusual courses of action.

Examples of Venturesome in a sentence

"Our venturesome hiking guide insisted on taking us over the steep hills, rather than around them."

"Gregory was the kind of venturesome eater who visited new restaurants and asked them to prepare their most surprising dishes."

About Venturesome

“Venturesome” is an adjective formed within English out of the existing noun and verb “venture,” meaning “a risky journey or undertaking.”

Did you Know?

The modern practice of bungee jumping appeared for the first time on April Fool’s Day, 1979, in Bristol, U.K. On that day, two venturesome members of Oxford University’s Dangerous Sports Club — clad in tuxedos and top hats — jumped off of the Clifton Suspension Bridge secured to elastic cables. They were inspired by the tradition of land diving from the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, in which venturesome young men prove their bravery by jumping from tall towers with tree vines tied to their ankles. After the Oxfordian jumpers were arrested and released, the Dangerous Sports Club made a second bungee jump off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, this time including the first female bungee jumper. After they made the third bungee jump on television, the phenomenon of venturesome people jumping from great heights attached to elastics took on its own traditions.

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