synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of bald in English

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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 ballë (forehead).

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɔːld/, [bɔːɫd]
  • (UK, nonstandard) IPA(key): /bəʊld/, [bɒʊld]
  • (US) IPA(key): /bɔld/
  • (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /bɑld/
  • Homophones: balled, bawled
  • Rhymes: -ɔːld

bald (comparative balder, superlative baldest)

  1. Having no hair, fur or feathers.
    Synonym: hairless
    Antonyms: faxed, haired
  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. Having areas (of fur or plumage) that are coloured white, especially on the head. (of animals)
  4. (by extension) Denuded of any covering.
  5. Of tyres: whose surface is worn away.
  6. (of a statement or account) Unembellished.
  7. (of a statement) Without evidence or support being provided.

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.
  2. (uncommon) A bald person.

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

  1. (intransitive) To become bald.
  • callow
  • nott
  • bald on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Appalachian balds on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • ABDL, DLAB, blad

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.

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

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
  3. (repeated) Indicates a quick succession of events.
  • alsbald
  • bis bald
  • in Bälde
  • sobald
  • -bold
  • “bald” in Duden online
  • “bald” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • IPA(key): /bɑld/, [bɑɫd]

bald (Anglian)

  1. Alternative form of beald
  • pald

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

  • IPA(key): /bald/


  1. bold, quick
  • baldī (boldness)
  • baldo
  • Middle High German: balt
    • German: (obsolete) bald
    • Bavarian: bald
  • Joseph Wright, An Old High German Primer

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

bald (comparative baldoro, superlative baldost)

  1. bold, fearless

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

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