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bald

adjective \ ˈbȯld \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of bald

1 a : 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

baldish

play \ˈbȯl-dish\ adjective

baldly

play \ˈbȯl(d)-lē\ adverb

baldness

play \ˈbȯl(d)-nəs\ noun

Examples of bald in a Sentence

  1. All of his uncles are completely bald.

  2. He had gone completely bald by the age of 30.

  3. He covered his bald head with a baseball cap.

  4. There's a bald spot on the top of his head.

  5. There are bald patches in the cat's fur.

  6. an old car with bald tires

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Origin and Etymology of bald

Middle English balled; probably akin to Danish dialect bældet bald, Latin fulica coot, Greek phalios having a white spot, Old English bǣl fire, pyre

Synonym Discussion of bald

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

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bald

verb

Definition of bald

transitive verb
: to make bald
intransitive verb
: to become bald
  • balding with age

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Origin and Etymology of bald

see 1bald



BALD Defined for English Language Learners

bald

adjective

Definition of bald for English Language Learners

  • 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 Defined for Kids

bald

adjective \ ˈbȯld \

Definition of bald for Students

balder; baldest
1 : lacking a natural covering (as of hair)
2 : lacking extra details or exaggeration
  • a bald statement

baldness

noun

Medical Dictionary

bald

adjective \ ˈbȯld \

medical Definition of bald

: lacking all or a significant part of the hair on the head or sometimes on other parts of the body

bald

intransitive verb


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