I'm looking for a word to describe someone who likes to try new things. Any suggestions?

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    See this item: english.stackexchange.com/questions/61936/… "Adventurous" was suggested there. – EndlessLoop May 14 '14 at 23:47
  • "Adventurous" sounds like the person is willing to randomly walk into a forest or something. – Jason Chen May 14 '14 at 23:56
  • New activities that might seem interesting, like sports, classes, or hobbies. – Jason Chen May 15 '14 at 0:04
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    The hard thing is the single-word aspect.The answer given has a single word, but I think neophile would be pretty obscure to the average person. Maybe receptive, but it might come across as too clinical for what you want, and could be better suited to ideas put to them rather than someone who actively seeks out new things. – EndlessLoop May 15 '14 at 1:25

Depending on the context, consider:

Novelty seeker


Thrill seeker





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You might consider neophile or neophiliac. The OED defines neophilia as:

neophilia /niːəˈfɪlɪə/.

Love for, or great interest in, what is new; a love of novelty. So neoˈphiliac, a person characterized by neophilia; also neoˈphili(a)c a.; neˈophily.

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I'd add also:

  • Pioneer (a pioneer in the field of scientific research)
  • Creator ( a creator of a new technology)
  • Explorer (an explorer keen on making new geographical discoveries)
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