- 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 boldly
Tarkhan boldly claims that next he will bring the fight to Putin.The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord
Will Cathcart, Vazha Tavberidze, Nino Burchuladze
October 27, 2014
Yet Agency communications specialists are hardly exploring strange new worlds or boldly going where no man has gone before.From Hush-Hush To Tweet-Tweet: Why The CIA Is Embracing Social Media
June 11, 2014
Charting her pregnancy, Carucci boldly catalogs her own changing form.Elinor Carucci Captures the Messy, Beautiful Reality of Motherhood
November 23, 2013
On Friday, Jonathan Chait boldly argued that all this is as it should be.The Obamacare Death Spiral
November 4, 2013
For a church that moves at a glacial pace, the murmurings of Bishops like Tobin are lightning fast and boldly subversive.A Coming American Schism Over Pope Francis?
September 20, 2013
"I don't see it," John boldly asserted, though there was doubt in his mind.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
"I am Barbara, and I am going into the forest," said she, boldly.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
He put his belt with the pistols in it around his neck and stepped in boldly.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
He boldly avowed his love for Elizabeth, and declared his intention of marrying her.Wilfrid Cumbermede
I say "envy" boldly, because I am accustomed to acknowledge everything to myself.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- 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 boldly
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.