\ 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

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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

bare, denuded, exposed, naked, open, peeled, stripped, uncovered

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


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

Police described the suspect as a black man who is about 40 years old, bald and with tattoos on his forearms. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Dallas police looking for Uptown robbery suspect," 30 June 2019 Novogratz, who is properly bald, with a pair of sharp blue eyes and a gravelly voice that can go full Muppet after a volley of drinks, was, uncharacteristically, sober. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Sidelined Wall Street Legend Bets on Bitcoin," 10 Apr. 2018 Priest starts his story with a suave, bald Panther who, while not in costume, prefers suits and sunglasses at night. Will Nevin,, "The complete, comprehensive, exhaustive history of Black Panther -- in seven issues," 16 Feb. 2018 Video of the suspected thief, who appears to be bald and wore glasses, can be seen here. Laura Mcknight,, "Video shows man stealing power tools in River Ridge: JPSO," 27 Feb. 2018 Their famously bald heads offer up a swell of information about them, including health and ability to fight over the carcasses that make up their food supply. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Vultures Use Social Networks to Share Crucial Flight Information," 8 Nov. 2018 The Klingons have hair again (fans did not care for the bald look), and Michelle Yeoh returns as the former ruler of the Terran Empire, Philippa Georgiou. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spock smiles in the face of danger in new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 13 Dec. 2018 Christopher is bald with blue eyes, 5-foot-11-inches and 150 pounds, according to authorities. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Pinckney boy, 15, vanishes after telling mom he was going hiking," 7 June 2018 Ideally, according to the e-mail, the Burt Young lookalike would be between 68-75 years old; 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8; weigh 180-225 pounds; and be bald with a circle of white hair. Mark Shanahan,, "Yo, Paulie: Boston Casting seeks a ‘Burt Young Lookalike’," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ackerman is a compact, balding man in his late 40s who shares Ellroy’s taste for law and order, mid-century Los Angeles, traditional manners, porkpie hats and beef. The Economist, "James Ellroy finally has happiness in his sights," 8 June 2019 Arbuckle, 68, and Douglas, 42, could be father and son -- beefy, balding, patient, paternal. Marcus Hayes,, "Losing Joe Douglas could haunt the Eagles like losing Mike Arbuckle haunts the Phillies | Marcus Hayes," 4 June 2019 His most famous revolve around the fictional characters Soho Eckstein, an overweight, balding capitalist in a pinstripe suit, and his nemesis, the artist Felix Teitelbaum, both of whom came to Kentridge in dreams. Julie Belcove, WSJ, "William Kentridge Tackles the History of Apartheid and Colonialism in His Latest Production," 4 Dec. 2018 Salemme’s baggy suits hang on his frail frame, and gray wisps that are slicked back over his balding head replace his brown curls. Washington Post, "The last Mafioso? ‘Cadillac Frank’ trial shows mob’s decline," 17 June 2018 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,, "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

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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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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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