[ bawld ]
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  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.

  1. lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned: a bald prose style.

  2. open; undisguised: a bald lie.

  3. Zoology. having white on the head: the bald eagle.

  4. Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become bald.

  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.

Origin of bald

First recorded in 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 for bald

Other words from bald

  • baldish, adjective
  • baldly, adverb
  • baldness, noun
  • half-bald, adjective
  • sem·i·bald, adjective
  • sem·i·bald·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·bald·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with bald

  • bald , balled , bawled Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bald in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bald


/ (bɔːld) /

  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

  1. plain or blunt: a bald statement

  2. bare or simple; unadorned

  3. Also: baldfaced (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face

  4. (of a tyre) having a worn tread

Origin of bald

C14 ballede (literally: having a white spot); related to Danish bǣldet, Greek phalaros having a white spot

Derived forms of bald

  • baldish, adjective
  • baldly, adverb
  • baldness, noun

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