\ ˈbȯld How to pronounce bald (audio) \

Definition of bald

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lacking a natural or usual covering (as of hair, vegetation, or nap) his bald head Both men were bald. a bald hill bald trees The rug was bald with wear.
b : having little or no tread bald tires
2 : marked with white a horse with a bald face
3 : lacking adornment or amplification a bald assertion
4 : undisguised, palpable bald arrogance


balded; balding; balds

Definition of bald (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become bald balding with age

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Other Words from bald


baldish \ ˈbȯl-​dish How to pronounce baldish (audio) \ adjective
baldly \ ˈbȯl(d)-​lē How to pronounce baldly (audio) \ adverb
baldness \ ˈbȯl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce baldness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bald

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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bare, naked, nude, bald, barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable. an apartment with bare walls naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness. poor half-naked children nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure. a nude model posing for art students bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness. a bald mountain peak barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility. barren plains

Examples of bald in a Sentence

Adjective All of his uncles are completely bald. He had gone completely bald by the age of 30. He covered his bald head with a baseball cap. There's a bald spot on the top of his head. There are bald patches in the cat's fur. an old car with bald tires
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective He is described as white, about 5 feet 7 and 180 pounds with brown eyes and a bald head. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "67-year-old man missing from Pleasant Grove found safe, police say," 16 Jan. 2020 The Massachusetts Democrat also revealed her bald head on camera for the first time. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Ayanna Pressley publicly reveals struggle with alopecia for first time in powerful video," 16 Jan. 2020 Beyond that, just down the street from where Thallikar lived, was a bald patch of land with space for two more buildings. Bianca Bosker, The Atlantic, "Why Everything Is Getting Louder," 8 Oct. 2019 From British Columbia to California, stands of bigleaf maples are dying, leaving bald patches in the forest canopy or even denuded hillsides. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018 Then, one day my mum spotted a bald patch at the back of my head, which horrified me. Simedar Jackson, Marie Claire, "22 Beauty Horror Stories That Will Make You Rethink Everything," 15 May 2017 And for most, the hair loss is limited to small, round bald patches. Devin Tomb, Good Housekeeping, "As 100,000 Strands Fell," 3 Feb. 2017 However, unlike Trump, Han doesn’t vilify particular social or ethnic groups and has no problem making fun of himself, especially his bald head. Time, "Here's What's at Stake in Taiwan's Presidential Election," 6 Jan. 2020 Last fall, John Travolta debuted a completely clean-shaven, bald head and has been loyal to the look ever since. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Fans Are Freaking Out Over John Travolta’s Full Head of Hair at This “Grease” Event," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Mike Toomey is out to change the conversation about balding, fighting to bring what’s already out in the open really out into the open. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "One balding man tries not to lose it over losing it," 7 Jan. 2020 Kessler was huge: more than 6 feet tall, pushing 300 pounds, balding, his temples speckled with gray. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative ‘Hot List’," 29 Nov. 2019 Childhood flashbacks depict him as a little boy, but with the adult man’s balding mane and beard. Judy Berman, Time, "Showtime's Extremely Authorized Rick Rubin Docuseries Shangri-La Is Flawed But Sublime," 9 July 2019 Elliott, balding above his gray sideburns, joined AP after an army career of 24 years, having enlisted as a private, risen through the ranks, and served in Afghanistan and elsewhere. David Quammen, National Geographic, "To save wildlife, African governments turn to private management," 12 Nov. 2019 The bearded and slightly balding former boxer appeared in a federal courtroom with a dark blue shirt and tan slacks. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Former Cleveland boxer admits to laundering drug money through real estate, training roosters for cockfights," 3 July 2019 Spindly, balding, and animated, Weinberger is Swimply’s chief marketing officer and something of a contrast to Laskin, who is shorter, hirsute, and less animated. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, "At Last, an Airbnb for Pools," 2 Sep. 2019 Consider the one that depicts a balding executive standing next to a scientist in front of a whiteboard. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Executive draws on his career experience (literally, for cartoons)," 28 Aug. 2019 The man was described as 50 to 65 years old, 5-7 to 5-9 with a stocky build, balding hair, red stubbly facial hair and glasses. Dallas News, "McKinney police searching for man accused of putting phone under woman's skirt at Hobby Lobby," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bald


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bald

Adjective and Verb

Middle English balled; probably akin to Danish dialect bældet bald, Latin fulica coot, Greek phalios having a white spot, Old English bǣl fire, pyre

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The first known use of bald was in the 14th century

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25 Jan 2020

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“Bald.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bald. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bald

of a person : having no hair or very little hair on the head
of a part of the body : not covered with hair
: not covered with trees and plants
\ ˈbȯld How to pronounce bald (audio) \
balder; baldest

Kids Definition of bald

1 : lacking a natural covering (as of hair)
2 : lacking extra details or exaggeration a bald statement

Other Words from bald

baldness noun
\ ˈbȯld How to pronounce bald (audio) \

Medical Definition of bald

: lacking all or a significant part of the hair on the head or sometimes on other parts of the body

Other Words from bald

bald intransitive verb

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