Going on bold, exciting, and exotic adventures is swashbuckling. The stories of the heroic outlaw Robin Hood involve a lot of swashbuckling.

You can use swashbuckling as a noun or an adjective, so you might dress up as the swashbuckling Inigo Montoya from the movie The Princess Bride, or try to convince your friends to watch a movie full of adventure and swashbuckling. Swashbuckler came first, a 16th-century name for a swaggering fighter. Earlier, such a character was simply called a swash, which also meant "fall of a blow."

Definitions of swashbuckling
  1. noun
    flamboyantly reckless and boastful behavior
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    type of:
    behavior, behaviour, conduct, demeanor, demeanour, deportment
    (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
  2. adjective
    flamboyantly adventurous
    synonyms: swaggering
    adventuresome, adventurous
    willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises
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