Definitions for BOLDboʊld

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bold*boʊld(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. not hesitating or fearful in the face of danger; courageous.

  2. scorning or ignoring the rules of propriety; forward; impudent.

  3. requiring courage and daring:

    bold deeds.

  4. beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; inventive or imaginative:

    a bold solution to a perplexing problem.

  5. striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy:

    a bold pattern.

  6. steep; abrupt:

    a bold promontory.

  7. typeset in boldface.

    Category: Printing

  8. Obs. trusting; assured.

* Syn: bold , brazen , forward , presumptuous refer to behavior or manners that break the rules of propriety. bold suggests 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: The forward young man challenged the speaker. presumptuous implies overconfidence, or taking too much for granted: It was presumptuous of her to think she could defeat the champion.

Origin of bold:

bef. 1000; ME bald, bold, OE b(e)ald; c. OS, OHG bald, ON ballr dire


Princeton's WordNet

  1. boldface, bold face, bold(adj)

    a typeface with thick heavy lines

  2. bold(adj)

    fearless and daring

    "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"

  3. bold(adj)

    clear and distinct

    "bold handwriting"; "a figure carved in bold relief"; "a bold design"

  4. bluff, bold, sheer(adj)

    very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

    "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bold(adjective)ʊld

    brave or confident

    a bold decision/statement

  2. boldʊld

    bright and strong in color

    bold lettering

  3. boldʊld

    letters printed in dark ink

    The girl stepped boldly onto the stage.; His boldness was surprising.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bold(noun)

    forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous or shrinking from risk; brave; courageous

  2. Bold(noun)

    exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of danger; planned with courage; daring; vigorous

  3. Bold(noun)

    in a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint; rude; impudent

  4. Bold(noun)

    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

  5. Bold(noun)

    standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief

  6. Bold(noun)

    steep; abrupt; prominent

  7. Bold(verb)

    to make bold or daring

  8. Bold(verb)

    to be or become bold


  1. Bold

    Bold is a late 1980s youth crew hardcore band from Westchester County, New York, which along with bands like Youth Of Today and Side By Side were a part of the Youth Crew, and an influence in the late 80's straight edge hardcore scene. The band progressed to a more rock-oriented sound in its later years.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BOLD' in Adjectives Frequency: #792

Translations for BOLD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


daring or fearless

a bold plan of attack.

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