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.

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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 The police report described the man as bald or balding, but did not include any other identifying information. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield Police are looking for a naked man who has shown up twice in view of I-94," 21 Mar. 2018 The 85-year-old is recognizable in mug form because of the bespectacled face and balding crown. Kate Sierzputowski, Chicago Reader, "If you want to see a famous mug, visit the American Toby Jug Museum in Evanston," 26 Feb. 2018 Other warning signs that Kahmila looks for are short or broken hairs right around a balding area and small bumps and blisters on the scalp. Nykia Spradley, SELF, "The First Sign of Traction Alopecia—and How to Stop It Before It’s Too Late," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of balding

1938, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of balding

: becoming bald

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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