- 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 boldest
It is the biggest, the boldest, the most visible, and indeed the only monument in town.The Last Veterans of World War I
May 28, 2013
On Monday night, in perhaps their boldest assault to date, a small contingent attacked the base of the elite Republican Guard.Syrian Civil War Spreads to Damascus
June 30, 2012
“I want to talk to you about my girls, my little girls,” she began, as direct and resolute as the boldest first responder.A Mother’s Brave Eulogy For Her Three Girls Killed in Connecticut Fire
January 6, 2012
A Mercury-Jupiter merger urges you to put your boldest, unabridged ideas out there, and watch them catch like wildfire.Zodiac Beast
Starsky + Cox
April 9, 2011
Yet American fiscal reformers—including the boldest of them, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan—tend to steer clear of the P word.Sale of the Century to Balance the Books
February 21, 2011
You must listen to the definition of a catachresis:—'A catachresis is the boldest of any trope.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Here a surprise was in store for the boldest Three Eighter going.In the Heart of Vosges
They got out of his way when he came along; nor did the boldest of them ever dare to rob him of his meat.White Fang
Richard was the boldest and most skilful fighter of his time.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
And even the strongest and boldest ought occasionally to think of their end.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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 boldest
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.