SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Scandinavian Mythology a god, a son of Odin and Frigg and the twin brother of Hod, by whom he was killed. Origin of Balder
Old Norse Baldr, cognate with Old English bealdor prince, lord; perhaps akin to Old Norse baldr brave adjective having little or no hair on the scalp: a bald head; a bald person. destitute of some natural growth or covering: a bald mountain. lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned: a bald prose style. open; undisguised: a bald lie. . Zoology having white on the head: the bald eagle. . Automotive (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away. verb (used without object) 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. Origin of bald 1250–1300; Middle English ball(e)d,
white spot (compare
Welsh bal, Greek phaliós
having a white spot) +
-ed -ed 3 Related forms bald·ish, adjective bald·ly, adverb bald·ness, noun half-bald, adjective sem·i·bald, adjective sem·i·bald·ly, adverb sem·i·bald·ness, noun
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But what I was saying—there's no one else but my mother and sister, and my brother
If there ever was a man who was made for a soldier, it's
Plowden says my brother
Balder kills all the birds off every season.
Balder made remarks which seemed to be regarded as apposite.
But they answered that they came not for gibes but for tears, that
Balder might be saved. British Dictionary definitions for balder noun Norse myth a god, son of Odin and Frigg, noted for his beauty and sweet nature. He was killed by a bough of mistletoe thrown by the blind god Höd, misled by the malicious Loki 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 blunt a 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 baldish, adjective baldly, adverb baldness, noun Word Origin for bald
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 balder adj.
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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adj. Lacking hair on the head.
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