bald

bald

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English

Etymology

From Middle English bald, balde, belde, ballid, balled (bald), of uncertain origin. Probably formed from Middle English bal, balle (ball, round object, knoll, head). Compare with Old Danish bældet (bald), Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌻𐌰- (bala-, shining, grey (of body)), Old English bǣl (fire, flame; funeral pyre), Albanian balë (white spot on the forehead) and ball (forehead).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɔːld/, [bɔːɫd]
  • (US) IPA(key): /bɔld/; (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /bɑld/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːld
  • Homophone: balled

Adjective

bald (comparative balder, superlative baldest)

  1. Having no hair, fur or feathers.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces.
    1. Having no hair on the head.
      a bald man with a moustache
  2. (by extension) Denuded of any hair- or fur-like covering.
    The bald cypress is a tree that loses its leaves in winter.
  3. Of tyres: whose surface is worn away.
  4. (of a statement or account) Unembellished.
    • 1922, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Black Doctor
      Such is a bald statement of the singular and romantic series of events which centred public attention upon this Lancashire tragedy.
  5. (of a statement) Without evidence or support being provided.

Antonyms

  • (having hair): faxed, haired

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

bald (plural balds)

  1. (Appalachia) A mountain summit or crest that lacks forest growth despite a warm climate conducive to such, as is found in many places in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Verb

bald (third-person singular simple present balds, present participle balding, simple past and past participle balded)

  1. (intransitive) To become bald.

See also

  • callow
  • nott
  • Appalachian balds on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • ABDL, DLAB, blad

German

Etymology

From Middle High German balde, from Old High German baldo, adverb of bald, pald, from Proto-Germanic *balþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-. Cognate with Dutch boud, English bold.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /balt/
  • Homophone: ballt

Adverb

bald

  1. soon, near in time
    Synonyms: demnächst, in Kürze, zeitnah
  2. almost
    Synonyms: fast, beinahe

Derived terms

  • alsbald
  • bis bald
  • in Bälde
  • sobald

Related terms

  • -bold

Further reading

  • bald in Duden online

Novial

Etymology

From German bald.

Adverb

bald

  1. soon

Old English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɑld/, [ˈbɑɫd]

Adjective

bald

  1. Alternative form of beald

Old High German

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *balþaz, whence also Old English bald, Old Norse ballr.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bald/

Adjective

bald

  1. bold, quick

Derived terms

  • baldī

References

  • Joseph Wright, An Old High German Primer

Old Saxon

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *balþaz, whence also Old English bald, Old Norse ballr.

Adjective

bald (comparative baldoro, superlative baldost)

  1. bold, fearless

Declension




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