- 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.
- 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
Synonyms for baldSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for baldnesssimplicity, severity, bareness, economy, plainness, spareness, baldness, primitiveness, dourness, spartanism, alopecia
Examples from the Web for baldness
Historical Examples of baldness
Did you ever notice, gentlemen, how lying and baldness go together?The Arena
Neeld was surprised at the baldness of the question, but Harry took it as natural.Tristram of Blent
His baldness struck one immediately, but it did not give him a look of age.The Wonder
J. D. Beresford
On the whole I think we must leave the announcement as it stands in all its baldness.The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1
Marcus Tullius Cicero
His frown caused a disturbance throughout his vast tracts of baldness.Otherwise Phyllis
- 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
Word Origin for bald
Word Origin and History for baldness
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.
- The lack of all or a significant part of the hair on the head and sometimes on other parts of the body.
- Lacking hair on the head.