- 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 boldness
They need to emulate the boldness with which the leading pay TV networks have sabotaged genre recipes.Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV
August 3, 2014
The anonymity of the Internet, however, gives the curious a new kind of boldness.Disabled Woman Tackles the Dating Site Trolls
August 1, 2014
“The boldness of the fraud,” Judge Barbara Jones wrote in her decision, proved Bartiromo knew that what he was doing was wrong.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
Appropriately enough, the Basin family crest bears the motto “boldness and inspiration.”Putin's Criminal Olympics
January 27, 2014
The boldness of these encounters has police and scientists nervous.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom
January 23, 2014
The gayety of a light-hearted maiden is often unmixed with boldness, or crime.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She divined him, moreover, to be a blend of boldness and timidity.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He went on with a new vehemence of boldness that became him well.Within the Law
And what boldness is this for a scrub of a servant to speak in such a way before her master?
Boldness and excessive timidity are the two extremes to be avoided.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
- 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 boldness
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.