[ bawl-der ]
/ ˈbɔl dər /

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

Definition for balder (2 of 2)


[ bawld ]
/ bɔld /


verb (used without object)

to become bald.


(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, equivalent to ball white spot (compare Welsh bal, Greek phaliós having a white spot) + -ed -ed3

Related forms

Can be confused

bald balled bawled Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for balder (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbɔːldə) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for balder (2 of 2)


/ (bɔːld) /


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

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
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Medicine definitions for balder


[ bôld ]


Lacking hair on the head.

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