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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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM bald

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bald

bald , balled, bawled
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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)

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How is bald used in real life?

Bald is a common word used to describe a person as having no hair on their head.

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If a person is bald, it means they have little or no facial hair.

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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 forms of bald

baldish, adjectivebaldly, adverbbaldness, noun

Word Origin for bald

C14 ballede (literally: having a white spot); related to Danish bǣldet, Greek phalaros having a white spot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for bald

bald
[ bôld ]

adj.
Lacking hair on the head.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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