bald

bald

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English

Etymology

From Middle English balled, ballid, bald (bald), of uncertain origin. Probably formed from Middle English bal, balle (ball, round object, knoll, head). Compare with Old Danish bældet (bald).

Alternate etymology has Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌻𐌰- (bala-, shining, grey (of body)), Old English bǣl (fire, flame; funeral pyre) (both from Proto-Germanic *bēlą), Albanian balë (white spot on the forehead) and ball (forehead).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɔːld/, [bɔːɫd]
  • (UK, nonstandard) IPA(key): /bəʊld/, [bɒʊld]
  • (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.
    Synonym: hairless
    Antonyms: faxed, haired
    • 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.
  2. (specifically) Having no hair on the head, or having a large area of bare scalp on top of the head although hair may still grow on the sides and back of the head.
  3. (by extension) Denuded of any covering.
  4. Of tyres: whose surface is worn away.
  5. (of a statement or account) Unembellished.
  6. (of a statement) Without evidence or support being provided.

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

Translations

Further reading

  • bald on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • 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-West Germanic *balþ, from Proto-Germanic *balþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-. Cognate with Dutch boud, English bold.

Pronunciation

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

Adverb

bald (comparative eher or früher, superlative am ehesten or frühesten)

  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

Old English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɑld/, [bɑɫd]

Adjective

bald (Anglian)

  1. Alternative form of beald

Declension


Old High German

Alternative forms

  • pald

Etymology

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

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bald/

Adjective

bald

  1. bold, quick

Derived terms

  • baldī
  • baldo

Descendants

  • Middle High German: balt

References

  • Joseph Wright, An Old High German Primer

Old Saxon

Etymology

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

Adjective

bald (comparative baldoro, superlative baldost)

  1. bold, fearless

Declension




Descendants

  • Middle Low German: bald, bold, balt, bolt
    • German Low German: bold, boll

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