bald

[bawld]
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adjective

verb (used without object)

to become bald.

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, 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 for bald

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Examples from the Web for baldness

Historical Examples of baldness

  • The lack of age correlations also limits the value of data on baldness, but some meaning can nevertheless be extracted.

  • The baldness of the statement was appalling in its suggestiveness.

    A Bed of Roses

    W. L. George

  • It is my last desperate effort as a wife to save you from baldness, obesity, and nonentity.

  • For some reason it seems impossible to address a stranger at a table d'hôte, before the soup takes the baldness off the situation.

    A Voyage of Consolation

    Sara Jeannette Duncan

  • Of baldness we never saw a trace, though grey Indians of both sexes are fairly common.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold



British Dictionary definitions for baldness

bald

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 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 Formsbaldish, 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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Word Origin and History for baldness
n.

late 14c., from bald + -ness.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for baldness

baldness

[bôldnĭs]

n.

The lack of all or a significant part of the hair on the head and sometimes on other parts of the body.

bald

[bôld]

adj.

Lacking hair on the head.
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