\ 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


balded; balding; balds

Definition of bald (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to become bald balding with age

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Other Words from bald


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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 But his bald visage has for many come to represent dysfunction in Fulton County’s criminal justice system, one that has led to clogged courts and repeat offenders getting out to continue to ply their trade. Bill Torpy, ajc, "OPINION: Paul Howard’s generational curse isn’t biblical, it’s political," 22 May 2020 So after a few, maybe dozens of people contract or unknowingly spread COVID-19, Dana White, the bearded and bald ringmaster, should visit a local ICU, where 3,000 Americans are going to die today. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: The world has changed, but let’s keep baseball the same," 8 May 2020 What’s the baldest Luthor really been up to since the Crisis on Infinite Earths? Sara Netzley, EW.com, "Supergirl recap: The Lex-laid plans...," 4 May 2020 On Carter Page: Nunberg offered the bald assertion that the former Trump campaign national security adviser colluded with the Russians. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "What Sam Nunberg knows about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia ... or doesn't," 6 Mar. 2018 Decked in a flowing white garment, Mr. Xi is surrounded by a crowd of black men — some with bald heads, others with unkempt beards — all reaching out for the dollars leaking out of a briefcase. Abdi Latif Dahir, New York Times, "A Kenyan Painter Casts a Critical Eye on China’s Role in Africa," 21 Feb. 2020 An amateur haircut with professional guidance sounded better than a bald husband. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "The Art (and Awkwardness) of a Virtual Haircut," 13 Apr. 2020 The source of that story on April 10th 1970—an interview that had been printed the previous day to promote the release of Paul McCartney’s first solo album—did not say anything quite so bald. The Economist, "We can’t work it out Fifty years ago The Beatles changed how bands broke up," 10 Apr. 2020 Aside from the humanitarian benefit of sheltering infected or at-risk homeless people, there is an bald economic incentive. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Battling coronavirus: Bay Area lines up hotel rooms, shelters for vulnerable, sick homeless people," 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Young and old greeted him like a rock star—a short, balding rock star. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "The College President Who Simply Won’t Raise Tuition," 7 Apr. 2020 There was chubby Roger Ebert, often the meaner of the two, with his barbed complaints about his partner’s latest opinions, and there was the tall, balding Gene Siskel, the gentler and kinder one, more likely to throw up his hands in exasperation. Dipti S. Barot, Longreads, "Thumbing a Ride: What I Learned from Siskel and Ebert," 26 Nov. 2019 Posters of Tsai, a smiling, bespectacled woman, and Han, a slim, balding, rather bland-looking man, were everywhere. Ian Buruma, Harper's Magazine, "Common Enemy," 23 Nov. 2019 Rings of smoke from his Cuban cigar circled Luis Tiant’s balding head like a halo. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: El Tiante and the dream that almost wasn't in game one of the 1975 World Series," 29 Mar. 2020 Dantzman is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds, with short, gray hair, balding on the top of his head and a gray beard. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Family's quest for missing veteran with dementia leads search to Kentucky," 18 Mar. 2020 Young and old greeted him like a rock star—a short, balding rock star. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "Tight With a Dollar," 5 Mar. 2020 Irwin is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, with balding gray hair and blue eyes. Alejandro Serrano, SFChronicle.com, "K9 finds missing hiker in Marin County, search for Palo Alto couple enters Day 5," 19 Feb. 2020 With her tires balding and her transmission on the fritz, Katrina Whitaker needed a new car. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "A hotel worker thought she was buying a $1,400 vehicle. Instead, she was taken for a ride," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bald


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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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The first known use of bald was in the 14th century

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30 May 2020

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“Bald.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bald. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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
\ 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
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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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