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Meaning of bold by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Etymology 1

    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 .

    Alternative form

    • bolde, boolde


    bold ( plural: bolds )

    1. ( obsolete ) A dwelling; habitation; building .
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    Etymology 2

    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” ) .


    bold ( comparative bolder, superlative boldest )

    1. Courageous, daring.
    2. ( of a font ) having thicker strokes than the ordinary form of the typeface
      The last word of this sentence is bold .
    3. presumptuous.
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    Probably representing an earlier *bodl, *boþl, from Proto-Germanic *bōþlan, from an instrumental form of Proto-Germanic *būanan ( “to dwell” ). Compare Old Norse ból .


    • IPA: /bold/


    bold n .

    1. house, dwelling, building


Explanation of bold by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. fearless and daring

    2. bold settlers on some foreign shore
      a bold speech
      a bold adventure
    3. clear and distinct

    4. bold handwriting
      a figure carved in bold relief
      a bold design
    5. very steep

    6. where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise
    1. a typeface with thick heavy lines

    Definition of bold by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Bold v. t. To make bold or daring. [Obs.] Shak.

    3. Bold, v. i. To be or become bold. [Obs.]