bald

[ bawld ]
/ bɔld /
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adjective

verb (used without object)

to become bald.

noun

(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.

Nearby words

  1. balche,
  2. balcon,
  3. balconet,
  4. balconette,
  5. balcony,
  6. bald cypress,
  7. bald eagle,
  8. bald-faced,
  9. bald-faced hornet,
  10. baldachin

Origin of bald

1250–1300; Middle English ball(e)d, equivalent to ball white spot (compare Welsh bal, Greek phaliós having a white spot) + -ed -ed3

Related forms
Can be confusedbald balled bawled

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British Dictionary definitions for bald

bald

/ (bɔːld) /

adjective

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
Derived Formsbaldish, adjectivebaldly, adverbbaldness, noun

Word Origin for bald

C14 ballede (literally: having a white spot); related to Danish bǣldet, Greek phalaros having a white spot

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Word Origin and History for bald

bald

adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for bald

bald

[ bôld ]

adj.

Lacking hair on the head.

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