\ ˈbȯld How to pronounce bald (audio) \

Definition of bald

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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)

transitive verb

: to make bald

intransitive verb

: to become bald balding with age

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baldish \ ˈbȯl-​dish How to pronounce bald (audio) \ adjective
baldly \ ˈbȯl(d)-​lē How to pronounce bald (audio) \ adverb
baldness \ ˈbȯl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce bald (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 Most young bald eagles — dark birds lacking the white head and tail — do migrate southward to spend the winter on open water. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Evening grosbeaks and other outliers visit northern Minnesota," 26 Jan. 2021 The property teems with cardinals, crows, woodpeckers, bald eagles, hawks, finches, blue jays, bobcats, deer and many other critters; its 800-square-foot house suits him just fine. Keith Spera,, "John Boutté, confirmed 'country boy,' kicks off webcast series from Mandeville's Dew Drop," 25 Jan. 2021 The bald and burly Foster was Edwards’ equal in neither style nor oratory. Kevin Mcgill, Star Tribune, "2-term Louisiana governor Mike Foster dies at 90," 4 Oct. 2020 Indiana DNR reintroduced bald eagles to the state from 1985-1989. Amy Lavalley,, "National bird returns home to roost in Indiana; Bald eagle removed from endangered list," 31 Dec. 2020 The Johnsons spotted bald eagles and deer from the comfort of their Rockbridge County, Va., home. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, "In the year of the coronavirus, families across the U.S. reflect on the bright spots," 24 Dec. 2020 The Riverkeeper vessel cut away from the dam and motored downstream under a confetti of white pelicans and bald eagles, and between shorelines of heavy tree canopy. Kevin Spear,, "Crippled Apalachicola River leaves wetland forests in peril, famous oysters extinct | Part 2 of Special Series," 10 Dec. 2020 The river is home to dozens of threatened or endangered species, including river otters, bald eagles, southwestern willow flycatchers and leopard frogs. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "Feds round up feral cattle along the Verde River after habitat damage complaints," 10 Dec. 2020 After the initial call on Wednesday, Whited, a bald man with a grizzled white goatee, met with Mukkadam and directed police to the crime scene, telling them which roads to turn down. William Thornton |, al, "Dying man confessed to 1995 Alabama murder to be ready to ‘meet his maker’," 20 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Young and old greeted him like a rock star—a short, balding rock star. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "The College President Who Simply Won’t Raise Tuition," 7 Apr. 2020 There was chubby Roger Ebert, often the meaner of the two, with his barbed complaints about his partner’s latest opinions, and there was the tall, balding Gene Siskel, the gentler and kinder one, more likely to throw up his hands in exasperation. Dipti S. Barot, Longreads, "Thumbing a Ride: What I Learned from Siskel and Ebert," 26 Nov. 2019 Posters of Tsai, a smiling, bespectacled woman, and Han, a slim, balding, rather bland-looking man, were everywhere. Ian Buruma, Harper's Magazine, "Common Enemy," 23 Nov. 2019 Rings of smoke from his Cuban cigar circled Luis Tiant’s balding head like a halo. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: El Tiante and the dream that almost wasn't in game one of the 1975 World Series," 29 Mar. 2020 Dantzman is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds, with short, gray hair, balding on the top of his head and a gray beard. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Family's quest for missing veteran with dementia leads search to Kentucky," 18 Mar. 2020 Young and old greeted him like a rock star—a short, balding rock star. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "Tight With a Dollar," 5 Mar. 2020 Irwin is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, with balding gray hair and blue eyes. Alejandro Serrano,, "K9 finds missing hiker in Marin County, search for Palo Alto couple enters Day 5," 19 Feb. 2020 With her tires balding and her transmission on the fritz, Katrina Whitaker needed a new car. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "A hotel worker thought she was buying a $1,400 vehicle. Instead, she was taken for a ride," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2021

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“Bald.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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