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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bold, from Old English bold, blod, bolt, botl (house, dwelling-place, mansion, hall, castle, temple), from Proto-Germanic *budlą, *buþlą (house, dwelling), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (to grow, wax, swell) or *bʰuH-.

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.

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bold (plural bolds)

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

From Middle English bold, bolde, bald, beald, from Old English bald, beald (bold, brave, confident, strong, of good courage, presumptuous, impudent), from Proto-West Germanic *balþ, 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 ballë (forehead) and Old Prussian balo (forehead). For semantic development compare Italian affrontare (to face, to deal with), sfrontato (bold, daring, insolent), both from Latin frons (forehead).


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bold (comparative bolder, superlative boldest)

  1. Courageous, daring.
    Bold deeds win admiration and, sometimes, medals.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago. Next day she found her way to their lodgings and tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 239c.
      It would be extraordinarily bold of me to give it a try after seeing what has happened to you.
  2. Visually striking; conspicuous.
    the painter's bold use of colour and outline
  3. (typography, of typefaces) Having thicker strokes than the ordinary form of the typeface.
    The last word of this sentence is bold.
  4. Presumptuous, forward or impudent.
  5. (Ireland) Naughty; insolent; badly-behaved.
    All of her children are terribly bold and never do as they are told.
  6. Full-bodied.
  7. (Philippines) Pornographic; depicting nudity.
  8. Steep or abrupt.
    • 1808, William Bernard Cooke, A New Picture of the Isle of Wight, page 144:
      The grounds descend with a bold slope to the water's edge, and rise finely upwards above the mansion, abounding with fine trees, and ornamented by a range of building at a distance, in a corresponding style []
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English bolden, balden, from Old English baldian, bealdian, from Proto-Germanic *balþōną, related to *balþaz (see above). Cognate with Old High German irbaldōn (to become bold, dare).


bold (third-person singular simple present bolds, present participle bolding, simple past and past participle bolded)

  1. (transitive) To make (a font or some text) bold.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To make bold or daring.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To become bold.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bold in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




From English bold, from 1940s-1970s bold films (exploitation film).



  1. naked, nude
  2. pornographic


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From Old Norse bǫllr



bold c (singular definite bolden, plural indefinite bolde)

  1. a ball


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Probably representing an earlier *bodl, *boþl, from Proto-West Germanic *bōþl, from Proto-Germanic *bōþlą, from an instrumental form of *būaną (to dwell). Compare Old Norse ból. More at suffix -eld.



bold n

  1. house, dwelling, building



  • Middle English: bold



From a Common Slavic root *bodli.


bold n (plural bolduri)

  1. pin

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