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bold

[ bohld ]
/ boʊld /
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adjective, bold·er, bold·est.

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Idioms for bold

    be / make (so) bold, to presume or venture; dare: I made bold to offer my suggestion.

Origin of bold

before 1000; Middle English bald, bold,Old English b(e)ald; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German bald,Dutch boud bold, Old Norse ballr dire <Germanic *bál-tha-z; akin to Welsh balch proud, Irish balc strong <*bal-ko-
2. Bold, brazen, forward, presumptuous may refer to manners in a derogatory way. Bold suggests impudence, shamelessness, and immodesty: a bold stare. Brazen suggests the same, together with a defiant manner: a brazen liar. Forward implies making oneself unduly prominent or bringing oneself to notice with too much assurance. Presumptuous implies overconfidence, effrontery, taking too much for granted.
bolder , boulder
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British Dictionary definitions for bold

bold
/ (bəʊld) /

adjective

noun

printing short for bold face
boldly, adverbboldness, noun
Old English beald; related to Old Norse ballr dangerous, terrible, baldinn defiant, Old High German bald bold
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Idioms and Phrases with bold

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