verb (used without object)
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What is a basic definition of bald?
Bald describes a person as having no or little hair on their head. Bald also means to lose one’s hair and describes something as being out in the open or not hidden. Bald has several other senses as an adjective and one as a noun.
A bald person lacks hair on their head. There are multiple reasons why a person might be bald. For many bald men, becoming bald is the result of a genetic condition known as male pattern baldness, which causes their hair to thin and fall out as they age. A person may be bald because they shave their head or because of chemotherapy, which often causes hair loss all over the body. While animals who don’t have fur or hair could be called bald, hairless is more commonly used.
- Real-life examples: Some examples of famous bald men include basketball player Michael Jordan, singer Sinead O’Connor, and the 14th Dalai Lama.
- Used in a sentence: Chang had hair in his 30s but was completely bald by the time he turned 40.
In this same sense, bald is used as a verb to mean to become bald. The phrase “go bald” is also commonly used.
- Used in a sentence: Phillip began to bald early in life so he decided to start shaving his head.
Bald is also used to describe something that is out in the open and acknowledged. A bald insult, for example, is one that you don’t try to hide. You say it boldly and unapologetically.
- Used in a sentence: Fanny said a bald lie when asked why she didn’t go to work.
Where does bald come from?
The first records of bald come from around 1250. It comes from the Middle English ballede, which means “having a white spot.”
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What are some other forms related to bald?
- baldish (adjective)
- baldly (adverb)
- baldness (noun)
- half-bald (adjective)
- semibald (adjective)
- semibaldly (adverb)
- semibaldness (noun)
What are some synonyms for bald?
What are some words that share a root or word element with bald?
What are some words that often get used in discussing bald?
What are some words bald may be commonly confused with?
How is bald used in real life?
Bald is a common word used to describe a person as having no hair on their head.
Every time I see a small old bald man smiling I wonder if it's me from the future
— SAMMY WIN WIN (@samvirwin) November 9, 2020
I laugh when business folks talk down to me because I'm seen as just a boxing coach.
Perhaps the bald head and beard hide my degree in Economics and Finance, and how I once started a business from scratch that brought in over 7 figures.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
— Ross Enamait (@rosstraining) November 5, 2018
In 2012 please kill the phrases "let me just start by saying" & "I hate to tell you but". The former is redundant, the latter is a bald lie.
— Sheila Callaghan (@sheilacalla) December 28, 2011
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True or False?
If a person is bald, it means they have little or no facial hair.
Example sentences from the Web for bald
Mysterious deaths of bald eagles, mallards and other lake life in the southeastern United States have puzzled scientists for more than 20 years.A toxin behind mysterious eagle die-offs may have finally been found|Susan Milius|March 26, 2021|Science News
Natalie Mamerow noticed her first bald spot two weeks after receiving 19 stitches.
For sweeping panoramas, hike to the top of its numerous bald peaks.
The wiry, bald Brit takes Zoom calls in his London bedroom, squeezed between a bed, a wardrobe and a microscope.
“You can cut my hair, you can bald me, you can strip me naked and take away my dignity,” she said.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality|Justin Jones|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a large man, totally bald, with the rough hands of a peasant.
And sitting down is a bald man who looks like Hank from Breaking Bad.The Holy Grail of Comic Books Hid in Plain Site at New York Comic Con|Sujay Kumar|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Director Dan Reed, a tall, bald-headed Brit, landed in Nairobi soon after the attack.Westgate's Chilling Security Video Reveals Shopping Mall Bloodbath|Nina Strochlic|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Omran, who was 17 at the time, was completely bald, weak, and as frail as a burnt match.
Though the amount played for is serious, a good deal of rather bald conversation and chaff goes on.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
But he forgot the stagnant town, the bald-headed man at the club window, the organ and "The Manola."Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
As observation widens and grows finer, the first bald representation becomes fuller and more life-like.Children's Ways|James Sully
She wondered if he would take his youth in his bald-headed season, like the self-made American millionaire.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The future Emperor saw at a glance that this small, stout, bald-headed young man had qualities which few others possessed.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison