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

English Online Dictionary. What means bold‎? What does bold mean?

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbəʊld/, [ˈbɒʊ(ɫ)d]
  • (General American) IPA(key): /boʊld/
  • (New Zealand) IPA(key): /baʉld/, [bɒʊ(ɫ)d]
  • Rhymes: -əʊld
  • Homophone: bowled

From Middle English bold, from Old English bold, blod, bolt, botl (house, dwelling-place, mansion, hall, castle, temple), from Proto-Germanic *budlą, *buþlą (house, dwelling), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (to grow, wax, swell) or *bʰuH-.

Cognate with Old Frisian bold (house) (whence North Frisian bol, boel, bøl (house)), North Frisian bodel, budel (property, inheritance), Middle Low German būdel (property, real estate). Related to build.

  • bolde, boolde (both obsolete)

bold (plural bolds)

  1. (obsolete) A dwelling; habitation; building.
  • bottle
  • build

From Middle English bold, bolde, bald, beald, from Old English bald, beald (bold, brave, confident, strong, of good courage, presumptuous, impudent), from Proto-West Germanic *balþ, from Proto-Germanic *balþaz (strong, bold), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-, *bʰlē- (to bloat, swell, bubble).

Cognate with Dutch boud (bold, courageous, fearless), Middle High German balt (bold) (whence German bald (soon)), Swedish båld (bold, dauntless). Perhaps related to Albanian ballë (forehead) and Old Prussian balo (forehead). For semantic development compare Italian affrontare (to face, to deal with), sfrontato (bold, daring, insolent), both from Latin frons (forehead).

bold (comparative bolder or more bold, superlative boldest or most bold)

  1. Courageous, daring.
  2. Visually striking; conspicuous.
  3. (typography, of typefaces) Having thicker strokes than the ordinary form of the typeface.
  4. Presumptuous, forward or impudent.
  5. (Ireland) Naughty; insolent; badly-behaved.
  6. Full-bodied.
  7. (Philippines) Pornographic; depicting nudity.
  8. Steep or abrupt.
  • (courageous): audacious, brave, courageous, daring, forward, doughty
  • See also Thesaurus:brave
  • bield
  • bolden
  • boldness
  • embolden

From Middle English bolden, balden, from Old English baldian, bealdian, from Proto-Germanic *balþōną, related to *balþaz (see above). Cognate with Old High German irbaldōn (to become bold, dare).

bold (third-person singular simple present bolds, present participle bolding, simple past and past participle bolded)

  1. (transitive, informal) To make (a font or some text) bold.
    Synonyms: boldface, embolden
    Coordinate terms: italicize, strike through, underline
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To make bold or daring.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To become bold or brave.
  • embolden
  • BLOD

From English bold, from 1940s-1970s bold film (exploitation film).


  1. naked, nude
  2. pornographic
  • boldt (archaic)

From Old Norse bǫllr.

  • IPA(key): [ˈb̥ʌlˀd̥]
  • Rhymes: -ʌld

bold c (singular definite bolden, plural indefinite bolde)

  1. ball
  • fodbold
  • tennisbold
  • “bold” in Den Danske Ordbog
  • “bold” in Ordbog over det danske Sprog
  • IPA(key): /bold/, [boɫd]

bold n

  1. Alternative form of botl

Borrowed from Old Church Slavonic бодль (bodlĭ), from Proto-Slavic *bodъľь (needle, pointy tip). Compare Bulgarian бодил (bodil).

bold n (plural bolduri)

  1. pin
  • îmboldi
  • ac

Borrowed from English bold.

  • (Standard Tagalog) IPA(key): /ˈbold/ [ˈbold]
  • Rhymes: -old
  • Syllabification: bold

bold (Baybayin spelling ᜊᜓᜎ᜔ᜇ᜔) (colloquial)

  1. naked; nude; depicting nudity
    Synonyms: hubad, nakabold

bold (Baybayin spelling ᜊᜓᜎ᜔ᜇ᜔) (colloquial)

  1. pornography; porn

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