bald

adjective
\ 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

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 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

covered

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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

Priest starts his story with a suave, bald Panther who, while not in costume, prefers suits and sunglasses at night. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "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, NOLA.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "Yo, Paulie: Boston Casting seeks a ‘Burt Young Lookalike’," 27 Mar. 2018 The tsunami left Taro looking like a bald man’s pate: surviving houses on the high-ground perimeter, total devastation on the low-lying plain. Jonathan Kolatch, WSJ, "Japan’s Tsunami Recovery Holds Lessons for the World," 8 Oct. 2018 Max Rose, a New York Democrat, allowed a few colleagues to rub his bald head for luck, but the results were mixed. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Coveting a Prime Office Is a Bipartisan Affair for Incoming Lawmakers," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, 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

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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 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

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 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

bald

adjective
\ 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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