- having little or no hair on the scalp: a bald head; a bald person.
- destitute of some natural growth or covering: a bald mountain.
- lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned: a bald prose style.
- open; undisguised: a bald lie.
- Zoology. having white on the head: the bald eagle.
- Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.
- to become bald.
- (often initial capital letter) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a treeless mountaintop or area near the top: often used as part of a proper name.
Origin of bald
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Examples from the Web for bald
“You can cut my hair, you can bald me, you can strip me naked and take away my dignity,” she said.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
And sitting down is a bald man who looks like Hank from Breaking Bad.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con
October 14, 2014
His bald head, oversize features, and animated, bulging eyes gave him a Shrek-like appearance.For Ukrainians on Holiday, the Carpathians Are the New Crimea
July 14, 2014
Kashkari, an Indian American who looks vaguely like a bald Ray Romano, is both pro-choice and a supporter of same-sex marriage.Inside California's Crazy Race To Be The GOP Gubernatorial Candidate
May 30, 2014
When people see you bald for the first time, they are a little taken aback, so earrings give them something to focus on.A Breast Cancer Alphabet: F Is For Fashion Accessories
February 23, 2014
He was short and fat and bald, with little eyes, but with a look like an eagle.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Such is a brief and bald account of the most famous of these pirates.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account.The Devil's Dictionary
There was the Bald'in, stand-by old and good as bread; and there were all the rest.Meadow Grass
Her house, with all its show of luxury, still had its bald spots.His Masterpiece
- having no hair or fur, esp (of a man) having no hair on all or most of the scalp
- lacking natural growth or covering
- plain or blunta bald statement
- bare or simple; unadorned
- Also: baldfaced (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face
- (of a tyre) having a worn tread
Word Origin and History for bald
c.1300, ballede, probably, with Middle English -ede adjectival suffix + Celtic bal "white patch, blaze" especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, gleam;" see bleach (v.)). Cf., from the same root, Sanskrit bhalam "brightness, forehead," Greek phalos "white," Latin fulcia "coot" (so called for the white patch on its head), Albanian bale "forehead." But connection with ball (n.1), on notion of "smooth, round" also has been suggested. Bald eagle first attested 1680s; so called for its white head.
- Lacking hair on the head.