- not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero.
- not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent: He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.
- necessitating courage and daring; challenging: a bold adventure.
- beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative: Einstein was a bold mathematician. a difficult problem needing a bold answer.
- striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy: a bold pattern.
- steep; abrupt: a bold promontory.
- Nautical. deep enough to be navigable close to the shore: bold waters.
- Printing. typeset in boldface.
- Obsolete. trusting; assured.
- be/make (so) bold, to presume or venture; dare: I made bold to offer my suggestion.
Origin of bold
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Examples from the Web for bolder
For now, what progressives need more than anything else is to start work on a bolder vision for making America great again.
Time for new leadership and bolder ideas that appeal to the rest of America.
The result is bigger, bolder splashes of color and carefully thought-out works.Adventures in Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative
The Daily Beast
July 10, 2014
A bolder agenda from Obama that puts Congress on the defensive would highlight that distinction.In New Poll, ‘Sobering’ News for Both Parties on Midterm Elections
March 25, 2014
In the beginning it was a dollar here, a dollar there, but the longer he went undetected, the bolder he became.Woman Finds Mysterious Charges on Her iTunes Bill: A Modern Whodunit!
Nancy Neufeld Callaway
January 31, 2014
Vaudemont, you are bolder in hunting, they tell me, than you are at whist.Night and Morning, Complete
It was a situation which might have abashed a bolder ruffian.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
A bolder and more rebellious thought was his real legacy to his age.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
These, also, make easier and bolder the electrician's tasks.
Then she got bolder, and openly asked to see Golden, and talk with her.Things as They Are
- courageous, confident, and fearless; ready to take risks
- showing or requiring couragea bold plan
- immodest or impudentshe gave him a bold look
- standing out distinctly; conspicuousa figure carved in bold relief
- very steepthe bold face of the cliff
- imaginative in thought or expressionthe novel's bold plot
- printing set in bold face
- printing short for bold face
Word Origin and History for bolder
Old English beald (West Saxon), bald (Anglian) "bold, brave, confident, strong," from Proto-Germanic *balthaz (cf. Old High German bald "bold, swift," in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Gothic balþei "boldness;" Old Norse ballr "frightful, dangerous"), perhaps from PIE *bhol-to- suffixed form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).
Of flavors (coffee, etc.) from 1829. The noun meaning "those who are bold" is from c.1300. Old French and Provençal baut "bold," Italian baldo "bold, daring, fearless" are Germanic loan-words.