bald·​ing ˈbȯl-diŋ How to pronounce balding (audio)
: 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 Not to cast about for trends, but what do the movies of 2023 have against balding, flatulent, socially awkward teachers named Paul? Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The balding, bookish 60-year-old was already one of the world’s most influential and prolific inventors, forging text-to-speech software, music synthesizers, and scanning machines. David Kushner, Rolling Stone, 4 Sep. 2023 Eilish dressed as a baby with big eyelashes and a pink bonnet, while Rutherford showed off a balding head of gray hair and an old man outfit. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2023 When mom steps aside one night, there’s a balding middle-aged man in the audience paying close attention. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2022 Pisal was a spry, fatherly officer in his mid-fifties who frequently used his unassuming look as a balding middle-aged dad to take on undercover assignments. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 1 Nov. 2022 Notably, Cage was seen in a short beard and rectangular-lens glasses, his usual head of dark hair replaced with a partly balding style. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2022 Soon, a balding man wearing black gum boots came into view: Pierre Bizimana, a farmer and a part-time milk collector. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 An early clue comes just before Nick and Honey’s arrival, when George makes a balding joke that stops Martha in her tracks. Peter Debruge, Variety, 3 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of balding was in 1938

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“Balding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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