\ 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 Police charged the suspect with petty theft and driving an unsafe vehicle because his car had bald tires. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Woman charged with OVI in parking lot: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 15 Feb. 2020 The Forest Service counted 18 bald-eagle nests and 60 osprey nests. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "No. 1 spot to see bald eagles? Trinity Lake," 5 Feb. 2020 The Matobo is an otherworldly landscape of bald granite hills, dense woodland, and inselbergs, with some 50,000 caves containing rock art dating back to the 11th century. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slow Safari Along Zimbabwe’s Back Roads," 20 Dec. 2019 Other fans have interpreted the hair clue and laughter from Penguin to mean that the celebrity is actually bald and wears many colorful wigs, which has lead to some fans to think the celebrity is drag queen RuPaul. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who Is the Penguin On 'The Masked Singer?' Fans Have a Few Ideas," 30 Sep. 2019 Mattel is now claiming to be the most diverse doll line with its recent launch of dolls that have vitiligo, a prosthetic leg and a bald head. Washington Post, "Barbie just got even more diverse as Mattel adds dolls with vitiligo and no hair," 29 Jan. 2020 Mattel is now claiming to be the most diverse doll line, with its recent launch of dolls that have vitiligo, a prosthetic leg, and a bald head. BostonGlobe.com, "Remake of the Top of the Hub to cost about $125m," 29 Jan. 2020 He is described as white, about 5 feet 7 and 180 pounds with brown eyes and a bald head. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "67-year-old man missing from Pleasant Grove found safe, police say," 16 Jan. 2020 The Massachusetts Democrat also revealed her bald head on camera for the first time. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Ayanna Pressley publicly reveals struggle with alopecia for first time in powerful video," 16 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In recent years, there’s been a surge in research and development for anti-balding solutions—and many of them show promise. Popular Science, "We finally know why stress turns your hair white," 27 Jan. 2020 But Mike Toomey is out to change the conversation about balding, fighting to bring what’s already out in the open really out into the open. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "One balding man tries not to lose it over losing it," 7 Jan. 2020 Kessler was huge: more than 6 feet tall, pushing 300 pounds, balding, his temples speckled with gray. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative ‘Hot List’," 29 Nov. 2019 Childhood flashbacks depict him as a little boy, but with the adult man’s balding mane and beard. Judy Berman, Time, "Showtime's Extremely Authorized Rick Rubin Docuseries Shangri-La Is Flawed But Sublime," 9 July 2019 Elliott, balding above his gray sideburns, joined AP after an army career of 24 years, having enlisted as a private, risen through the ranks, and served in Afghanistan and elsewhere. David Quammen, National Geographic, "To save wildlife, African governments turn to private management," 12 Nov. 2019 The bearded and slightly balding former boxer appeared in a federal courtroom with a dark blue shirt and tan slacks. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Former Cleveland boxer admits to laundering drug money through real estate, training roosters for cockfights," 3 July 2019

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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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22 Feb 2020

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“Bald.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baldness. Accessed 25 Feb. 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
\ ˈbȯld How to pronounce bald (audio) \

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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