What does bold mean?

Definitions for bold

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bold.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boldface, bold face, boldadjective

    a typeface with thick heavy lines

  2. boldadjective

    fearless and daring

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

  3. boldadjective

    clear and distinct

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

  4. bluff, bold, sheeradjective

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BOLDadjective

    Etymology: bald, Saxon.

    The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion. Prov. xxviii. 1.

    I have seen the councils of a noble country grow bold, or timorous, according to the fits of his good or ill health that managed them. William Temple.

    These, nervous, bold; those, languid and remiss. Wentworth Dillon.

    The cathedral church is a very bold work, and a masterpiece in Gothick architecture. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    We were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 1 Thess. ii. 2.

    I can be bold to say, that this age is adorned with some men of that judgment, that they could open new and undiscovered ways to knowledge. John Locke.

    In thy prosperity he will be as thyself, and will be bold over thy servants. If thou be brought low, he will be against thee. Ecclus, vi. 11.

    Which no bold tales of Gods or monsters swell,
    But human passions, such as with us dwell. Edmund Waller.

    Catechreses and hyperboles are to be used judiciously, and placed in poetry, as heightenings and shadows are in painting, to make the figures bolder, and cause it to stand off to sight. John Dryden, State of Innocence, Preface.

    Her dominions lie scattered, and have bold accessible coasts. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    I have made bold to send to your wife;
    My suit is, that she will to Desdemona
    Procure me some access. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Making so bold,
    My fears forgetting manners, to unseal
    Their grand commission. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    And were y’ as good as George a Green,
    I shall make bold to turn agen. Hudibras, p. ii. c. ii.

    I durst not make thus bold with Ovid, lest some future Milbourn should arise. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    Some men have the fortune to be esteemed wits, only for making bold to scoff at these things, which the greatest part of mankind reverence. John Tillotson.


  1. BOLD

    Bold is a font style used for emphasis.


  1. bold

    Bold is an adjective that describes something or someone as strong, prominent, or vivid in appearance or style. It can also refer to a person or action showing confidence, courage, or a willingness to take risks. In typography, 'bold' is a type style characterized by thick or heavy strokes, designed to draw attention.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boldnoun

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

  2. Boldnoun

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

  3. Boldnoun

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

  4. Boldnoun

    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. Boldnoun

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

  6. Boldnoun

    steep; abrupt; prominent

  7. Boldverb

    to make bold or daring

  8. Boldverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bold

    bōld, adj. daring or courageous: forward or impudent: presumptuous: executed with spirit: striking to the sight, well marked: steep or abrupt.—v.t. Bold′en (obs.), to make bold.—adj. Bold′faced, impudent.—adv. Bold′ly.—n. Bold′ness.—To make bold, to take the liberty, to make free. [A.S. bald; Old High Ger. bald, Ice. ballr.]

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  2. BOLD

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOLD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bold is ranked #19114 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bold surname appeared 1,423 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bold.

    82.5% or 1,175 total occurrences were White.
    6.2% or 89 total occurrences were Black.
    5.9% or 85 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.5% or 51 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bold in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of bold in a Sentence

  1. William Wordsworth:

    How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold Because the lovely little flower is free Down to its root, and in that freedom bold.

  2. H.L. Mencken:

    Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.

  3. Sabrina Peterson:

    I just don't understand when we got to a point when' no' isn't enough, even on camera. Even on camera you're bold enough to be on film. This is a bold time for predators, but I also think that the culture is shifting. I think women have become way more independent than we were before.

  4. Virgil:

    Audentis Fortuna iuvat. (Fortune assists the bold) also Fortune favors the bold.

  5. Oliver Goldsmith:

    Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ill a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade A breath can make them, as a breath has made but a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed can never be supplied.

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  • جريءArabic
  • получерен, смел, храбър, черенBulgarian
  • agosarat, negretaCatalan, Valencian
  • odvážný, tučný, smělý, zvýrazněný, troufalý, polotučnýCzech
  • fed, modigDanish
  • kühn, mutig, tapfer, wagemutig, fettGerman
  • θαρραλέος, τολμηρόςGreek
  • aŭdacaEsperanto
  • negrita, intrépido, atrevido, audazSpanish
  • paks, vahva, julgeEstonian
  • karski, uskalias, selväpiirteinen, suorasukainen, röyhkeä, lihavoitu, rohkea, arastelematon, urhoollinen, arkailematon, voimakasFinnish
  • audacieux, hardi, effronté, grasFrench
  • dánaIrish
  • dàna, tromScottish Gaelic
  • אמיצה, דגוש, בולט, אמיץHebrew
  • साहसिकHindi
  • kövér, bátorHungarian
  • audace, sfrontato, coraggioso, grassetto, arditoItalian
  • נועזHebrew
  • 太字, ボールド体, 大胆, 勇敢Japanese
  • feroxLatin
  • moedig, vet, vetgedruktDutch
  • modigNorwegian
  • pogrubienie, odważny, śmiały, pogrubiony, tłustyPolish
  • negrito, corajoso, audacioso, bravoPortuguese
  • отважный, полужирный, смелый, жирный, храбрыйRussian
  • храбар, odvažan, hrabar, podebljan, одважанSerbo-Croatian
  • trúfalý, odvážny, opovážlivý, smelýSlovak
  • djärv, fet, fetstilt, modigSwedish
  • kalınTurkish
  • 胆大Chinese

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