- bolde, boolde
- Courageous, daring.
- ( of a font ) having thicker strokes than the ordinary form of the typeface
- IPA: /bold/
From Middle English bold, from Old English bold, blod, bolt, botl ( “house, dwelling-place, mansion, hall, castle, temple” ), from Proto-Germanic *budlan, *buþlan ( “house, dwelling” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bheu-, *bhū- ( “to grow, wax, swell, live, dwell” ). Cognate with Old Frisian bold ( “house” ) ( whence North Frisian bol, boel, bøl ( “house” ) ), North Frisian bodel, budel ( “property, inheritance” ), Middle Low German būdel ( “property, real estate” ). Related to build .
bold ( plural: bolds )
From Middle English bold, bald, beald, from Old English bald, beald ( “bold, brave, confident, strong, of good courage, presumptuous, impudent” ), from Proto-Germanic *balþaz ( “strong, bold” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel-, *bhlē- ( “to bloat, swell, bubble” ). Cognate with Dutch boud ( “bold, courageous, fearless” ), Middle High German balt ( “bold” ) ( whence German bald ( “soon” ) ), Swedish båld ( “bold, dauntless” ). Perhaps related to Albanian ball ( “forehead” ) and Old Prussian balo ( “forehead” ). For semantic development compare Italian affrontare ( “to face, to deal with” ), sfrontato ( “brave,daring” ), both from Latin frons ( “forehead” ) .
Explanation of bold by Wordnet Dictionary
- Bold ( bōld ), a. [OE. bald, bold, AS. bald, beald; akin to Icel. ballr, OHG. bald, MHG. balt, D. boud, Goth. balþei boldness, It. baldo. In Ger. there remains only bald, adv. soon. Cf. Bawd, n.]
1. Forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous or shrinking from risk; brave; courageous.
Throngs of knights and barons bold. Milton.
2. Exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of danger; planned with courage; daring; vigorous. “The bold design leased highly.” Milton.
3. In a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint; rude; impudent.
Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice. Shak.
4. Somewhat overstepping usual bounds, or conventional rules, as in art, literature, etc.; taking liberties in composition or expression; as, “the figures of an author are bold”. “Bold tales.” Waller.
The cathedral church is a very bold work. Addison.
5. Standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief.
Shadows in painting . . . make the figure bolder. Dryden.
6. Steep; abrupt; prominent.
Where the bold cape its warning forehead rears. Trumbull.
- Bold v. t. To make bold or daring. [Obs.] Shak.
- Bold, v. i. To be or become bold. [Obs.]
Definition of bold by GCIDE Dictionary