\ 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)

transitive verb

: to make bald

intransitive verb

: to become bald balding with age

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Other Words from bald


baldish \ ˈbȯl-​dish How to pronounce bald (audio) \ adjective
baldly \ ˈbȯl(d)-​lē How to pronounce bald (audio) \ adverb
baldness \ ˈbȯl(d)-​nəs How to pronounce bald (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 The property also has a hardwood forest with an array of wildlife, including whitetail deer, river otters, beavers, foxes and bald eagles. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Oct. 2021 Coming to you live from Florida, are two bald eagles in the middle of some serious fall cleaning. Kelli Bender,, 15 Oct. 2021 With an abundance of grasslands, mountains, lakes and rivers, South Dakota supports a wild array of animals including coyotes, bald eagles, prairie dogs and more. Lea Lane, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Efforts to reclaim the property included restoring a mile-long section of the Cuyahoga River, which now features nesting bald eagles and other wildlife. Megan Becka, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2021 Social media favor explosive revelations, including bald lies. Robert B. Reich, Star Tribune, 17 Aug. 2020 Pick Wick staff watched security video and saw the male suspect – in his 50s, bald and wearing a navy blue polo shirt – steal the phone. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2021 Foster, bald and emaciated but all sinew, shows you that for Harry this fighting is a kind of madness. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 So just having hope and knowing that the woman is not going bald. Danielle Campoamo, Allure, 1 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Young and old greeted him like a rock star—a short, balding rock star. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 23 Nov. 2019 Rings of smoke from his Cuban cigar circled Luis Tiant’s balding head like a halo. Paul Daugherty,, 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, 18 Mar. 2020 Young and old greeted him like a rock star—a short, balding rock star. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2020 Irwin is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, with balding gray hair and blue eyes. Alejandro Serrano,, 19 Feb. 2020 With her tires balding and her transmission on the fritz, Katrina Whitaker needed a new car. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 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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“Bald.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bald

: having no hair or very little hair on the head
: 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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