bald

adjective
\ ˈbȯld \

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

bald

verb
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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Other words from bald

Adjective

baldish \ˈbȯl-dish \ adjective
baldly \ˈbȯl(d)-lē \ adverb
baldness \ˈbȯl(d)-nəs \ noun

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Adjective

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

Witnesses described Pitt’s assailant as a bald man in a dark-colored hat with a short brim. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Trail of Blood Leads Police to Spree Killer's Victims — Then He Shoots Himself as Cops Close In," 4 June 2018 Amid the magic shows and music concerts, murder mysteries and bald blue men, the city of Las Vegas has evidently added absurdist theater to its roster of resident headliners. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas," 29 May 2018 Nagy, a bald man — like me — had been wearing a visor during practices this spring. Mike Sansone, chicagotribune.com, "Bald guy in a visor? Bears coach Matt Nagy uses his head," 24 May 2018 President Lyndon Johnson, enraged by McCulloch’s reporting, was said to have complained that the bald man from Time magazine had been wandering around in the jungle sun without a hat. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Longtime journalist Frank McCulloch, former Examiner managing editor, dies at 98," 15 May 2018 The man was described as being white, about 30 or 40 years old and bald, with no facial hair. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Man who exposed himself to 10-year-old girl is sought by Independence police," 14 June 2018 Such excitement at the arrival of this completely bald, helpless and nearly transparent little creature that in no way resembled a bird. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Seven for Seven - all the wren eggs hatch," 19 May 2018 Newsman Frank McCulloch, who was bald, blunt and beloved, wrote stories, ran newsrooms, challenged presidents and got late-night phone calls from Howard Hughes. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Longtime journalist Frank McCulloch, former Examiner managing editor, dies at 98," 15 May 2018 The man, who has tattoos under both eyes, between his eyes, on his nose and on his neck, is being described as heavy set, bald, with a mustache. Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "Who would try to kidnap a young girl outside church? Cops look for man with facial tattoos. | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The suspect is 35 to 45 years old, 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, with a full beard and is balding. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police investigating targeted arson of vehicle in parking garage," 5 July 2018 And its coach, a burly, balding former goalkeeper named Stanislav Cherchesov who was tasked with getting the team to the semifinals when he was hired two years ago, is now a win away from that goal. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Russia provides another improbable World Cup surprise with elimination of Spain," 1 July 2018 He is described as a balding white male, approximately 30 years old, in a black tank top and jeans. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "'Armed and dangerous' suspect loose in Johnson County after I-35 car chase, police say | The Kansas City Star," 26 May 2018 But who is the balding man with the hangdog expression, who now appears to be the most influential North Korean outside the Kim clan? Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "Who Is Kim Yong Chol? Meet Kim Jong Un's Ever-Present Right-Hand Man," 28 May 2018 Police are seeking a white male with balding hair, age 30 to 36, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds. D. Kwas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police seek suspect in armed robbery of south side McDonald's," 30 Apr. 2018 The tall, thin, balding man with a goatee then left the store. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk girlfriend punches boyfriend in the eye: Strongsville Police Blotter," 5 Apr. 2018 The footage looks unremarkable — a balding man sitting slouched at a video poker machine. David Montero, latimes.com, "Nearly 750 hours of video and 2,000 calls to 911 in Vegas shooting. Almost all of it remains unseen and unheard," 27 Mar. 2018 On the stand, Green was an almost shy figure, slight and trim, balding with a thick mustache. Craig R. Mccoy, Philly.com, "Former Philly Sheriff John Green says he took no bribes," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bald

Adjective

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

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for bald

Adjective

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

Verb

see bald entry 1

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Phrases Related to bald

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bald

adjective

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

bald

adjective
\ ˈbȯld \
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

bald

adjective
\ ˈbȯld \

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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