adjective, bold·er, bold·est.
Origin of bold
Examples from the Web for boldness
They need to emulate the boldness with which the leading pay TV networks have sabotaged genre recipes.Five Lessons the Faltering Music Industry Could Learn From TV|Ted Gioia|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The anonymity of the Internet, however, gives the curious a new kind of boldness.
“The boldness of the fraud,” Judge Barbara Jones wrote in her decision, proved Bartiromo knew that what he was doing was wrong.
Appropriately enough, the Basin family crest bears the motto “boldness and inspiration.”
The boldness of these encounters has police and scientists nervous.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom|Nina Strochlic|January 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For, in fact, the orations which were spoken by him had much more of boldness and confidence in them than those that he wrote.The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch|Plutarch
I feel for you in your little difficulty, and I applaud your boldness.The Weird Sisters, Volume I (of 3)|Richard Dowling
His ideas were certainly not English, nor was his mode of expressing them, but his boldness appealed to her.Prescott of Saskatchewan|Harold Bindloss
It has the quick movement, the boldness and brilliance, which we suppose to be the attributes of the best talk.Alexander Pope|Leslie Stephen
Inspired by Minerva with a boldness not her own, she stood and watched this strange interloper.Half a Hundred Hero Tales|Various
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