Essential Meaning of bold
1 : not afraid of danger or difficult situations The area was settled by bold [=brave, courageous] pioneers. Few politicians have been bold enough to oppose the plan to cut taxes.
2 : showing or needing confidence or lack of fear It's a bold plan that might fail. Hiring a novice was a bold move.
3 : very confident in a way that may seem rude or foolish He punished the bold child for talking back. He was/made so bold as to guarantee a victory. [=he confidently guaranteed a victory] I'd like to offer a few criticisms, if I may be so bold.
Full Definition of bold
(Entry 1 of 2)
1a : fearless before danger : intrepid bold settlers on some foreign shore— William Wordsworth
b : showing or requiring a fearless daring spirit a bold plan
6 : standing out prominently bold headlines
7 : being or set in boldface bold lettering
Definition of bold (Entry 2 of 2)
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