bald·​ing | \ ˈbȯl-diŋ How to pronounce balding (audio) \

Definition of balding

: becoming bald bespectacled and balding

Examples of balding in a Sentence

He wore a hat to cover his balding head.
Recent Examples on the Web The conservation park has a budget less than 5% of the palace’s, and the effects of low rainfall and record heat were evident in the balding canopies and shriveling Patagonia trees. Helene Fouquet And William Wilkes / Bloomberg, Time, "Climate Change Is Devastating the Lush Gardens of Versailles," 21 Sep. 2019 Me, a regular, plain, balding engineer at a lab, a chemist. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Scores of Poles are revealing they are LGBT on Twitter after violent attacks on a pride parade," 31 July 2019 Short and balding, Tempelsman was born into an Orthodox Jewish family in Belgium before his parents emigrated to New York to escape the rising Nazi party. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Last Love of Jackie Kennedy Onassis," 16 May 2019 His father was treading water a few feet away, thin hair plastered to his balding head. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 The 31-year-old actor was recently spotted on the set of the new film looking completely unrecognizable with long hair extensions and a balding cap. Mike Miller,, "Shia LaBeouf Celebrates 32nd Birthday: Inside His Biggest Headline-Making Moments," 11 June 2018 The 31-year-old actor was spotted on the set of his new film Honey Boy looking completely unrecognizable with long hair extensions and a balding cap. Ale Russian,, "Shia LaBeouf Goes Partially Bald to Play His Dad in Autobiographical Movie — See the Photo!," 31 May 2018 Pigeons dig claws into his balding head in several photos. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Herb Caen, Hitchcock and the war with the Union Square pigeons," 20 Apr. 2018 Police published photos showing a balding man, described as about 40-45 years old, making various grimaces toward the camera. Fox News, "German police seek help identifying child sex abuse suspect," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of balding

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Balding.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of balding

: becoming bald

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dull or mediocre

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