Definitions for boldness

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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. boldness, daring, hardiness, hardihood(noun)

    the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger

    "the proposal required great boldness"; "the plan required great hardiness of heart"

  2. boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheek(noun)

    impudent aggressiveness

    "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"

  3. boldness, strikingness(noun)

    the quality of standing out strongly and distinctly


  1. boldness(Noun)

    The state of being bold; courage; presumptuousness.

  2. boldness(Noun)

    The relative weight of a font; the thickness of its strokes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boldness(noun)

    the state or quality of being bold


  1. Boldness

    Boldness is an opposite of being shy. A bold person may be willing to risk shame or rejection in social situations, and willing to bend rules of etiquette or politeness. An excessively bold person could aggressively ask for money, or persistently push a person to fulfill some request, and so on. Boldness does not necessarily mean obnoxious; it is possible for one to be bold, while staying silent. Excessive boldness may thus be regarded as impertinence or arrogance. Outside a social context, "boldness" can also refer to a willingness to get things done, even despite risks, and is therefore broadly synonymous with bravery. Boldness is not always in a rash context, but can have a great positive connotation to the word. Being bold can be a huge step in social development. "Bold" is sometimes used synonymously with "impudent", where a child may be punished for "being bold" when he or she had acted disrespectfully toward an adult, or simply misbehaved. A typical example of personified boldness is often found by many specialists in the Greco-Roman mythological character of Philemon.

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