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Balder

[bawl-der]
noun Scandinavian Mythology.
  1. a god, a son of Odin and Frigg and the twin brother of Hod, by whom he was killed.
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Origin of Balder

< Old Norse Baldr, cognate with Old English bealdor prince, lord; perhaps akin to Old Norse baldr brave

bald

[bawld]
adjective
  1. having little or no hair on the scalp: a bald head; a bald person.
  2. destitute of some natural growth or covering: a bald mountain.
  3. lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned: a bald prose style.
  4. open; undisguised: a bald lie.
  5. Zoology. having white on the head: the bald eagle.
  6. Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become bald.
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noun
  1. (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
Related formsbald·ish, adjectivebald·ly, adverbbald·ness, nounhalf-bald, adjectivesem·i·bald, adjectivesem·i·bald·ly, adverbsem·i·bald·ness, noun
Can be confusedbald balled bawled

Synonyms

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Related Words

naked, barren, bare, hairless, blunt, head, exposed, smooth, uncovered, shaven, depilated, plain, direct, stark, baldheaded, glabrous, austere, downright, forthright, outright

Examples from the Web for balder

Historical Examples

  • But what I was saying—there's no one else but my mother and sister, and my brother Balder.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Even Balder made remarks which seemed to be regarded as apposite.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • If there ever was a man who was made for a soldier, it's Balder.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • Plowden says my brother Balder kills all the birds off every season.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • But they answered that they came not for gibes but for tears, that Balder might be saved.

    Told by the Northmen:

    E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton


British Dictionary definitions for balder

Balder

noun
  1. 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
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bald

adjective
  1. having no hair or fur, esp (of a man) having no hair on all or most of the scalp
  2. lacking natural growth or covering
  3. plain or blunta bald statement
  4. bare or simple; unadorned
  5. Also: baldfaced (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face
  6. (of a tyre) having a worn tread
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Derived Formsbaldish, adjectivebaldly, adverbbaldness, noun

Word Origin

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 balder

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

balder in Medicine

bald

(bôld)
adj.
  1. Lacking hair on the head.
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