\ 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)

transitive verb

: to make bald

intransitive verb

: to become bald balding with age

Other Words from bald


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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Outbreaks of avian influenza have killed wild birds including dozens of bald eagles and lead to death through sickness or culling of tens of millions of poultry raised for meat and eggs in recent months. Renée Onque, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 An outbreak at a lake outside Chicago is believed to have killed more than 200 birds, and at least three bald eagles died from the virus in Georgia. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 At least 36 bald eagles have died since February, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2022 Since February, at least 36 bald eagles have died from the bird flu across the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2022 The infections of the bald eagles in Georgia are among several reported across the nation. Arkansas Online, 17 Apr. 2022 The virus has impacted many different bird species, including penguins and bald eagles. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 The virus has impacted many different bird species, including penguins and bald eagles. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 This week alone, the strain, known as H5N1, likely killed hundreds of birds at a lake northwest of Chicago, and at least three bald eagles in Georgia. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Young and old greeted him like a rock star—a short, balding rock star. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 23 Nov. 2019 Rings of smoke from his Cuban cigar circled Luis Tiant’s balding head like a halo. Paul Daugherty,, 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, 18 Mar. 2020 Young and old greeted him like a rock star—a short, balding rock star. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2020 Irwin is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, with balding gray hair and blue eyes. Alejandro Serrano,, 19 Feb. 2020 With her tires balding and her transmission on the fritz, Katrina Whitaker needed a new car. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 14 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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More Definitions for bald


\ 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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