adjective, bold·er, bold·est.
Origin of bold
Examples from the Web for boldly
Tarkhan boldly claims that next he will bring the fight to Putin.
Yet Agency communications specialists are hardly exploring strange new worlds or boldly going where no man has gone before.From Hush-Hush To Tweet-Tweet: Why The CIA Is Embracing Social Media|Lloyd Grove|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Charting her pregnancy, Carucci boldly catalogs her own changing form.Elinor Carucci Captures the Messy, Beautiful Reality of Motherhood|Amy Zimmerman|November 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On Friday, Jonathan Chait boldly argued that all this is as it should be.
For a church that moves at a glacial pace, the murmurings of Bishops like Tobin are lightning fast and boldly subversive.
He took it boldly; and to-day, had you asked him, he would have acknowledged with a smile that he did not repent.Major Vigoureux|A. T. Quiller-Couch
Mr. Hopkins thought that he had no means of escape but by boldly persisting in falsehood.The Parent's Assistant|Maria Edgeworth
On the third day after the tumult, Genseric boldly advanced from the port of Ostia to the gates of the defenceless city.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
With a child's fickleness he boldly declared that he liked "noo nurse better than old nurse."A Life For a Love|L. T. Meade
“Come along then,” cried Alfred boldly, and he sent another shower of water after his brother, wetting him behind now.The King's Sons|George Manville Fenn
Word Origin for bold
Old English beald (West Saxon), bald (Anglian) "bold, brave, confident, strong," from Proto-Germanic *balthaz (cf. Old High German bald "bold, swift," in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Gothic balþei "boldness;" Old Norse ballr "frightful, dangerous"), perhaps from PIE *bhol-to- suffixed form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).
Of flavors (coffee, etc.) from 1829. The noun meaning "those who are bold" is from c.1300. Old French and Provençal baut "bold," Italian baldo "bold, daring, fearless" are Germanic loan-words.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bold
- bold as brass
- big and bold
- make bold