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Balder

[bawl-der] /ˈbɔl dər/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology
1.
a god, a son of Odin and Frigg and the twin brother of Hod, by whom he was killed.
Origin of Balder
< Old Norse Baldr, cognate with Old English bealdor prince, lord; perhaps akin to Old Norse baldr brave

bald

[bawld] /bɔld/
adjective
1.
having little or no hair on the scalp:
a bald head; a bald person.
2.
destitute of some natural growth or covering:
a bald mountain.
3.
lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned:
a bald prose style.
4.
open; undisguised:
a bald lie.
5.
Zoology. having white on the head:
the bald eagle.
6.
Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.
verb (used without object)
7.
to become bald.
noun
8.
(often initial capital letter) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a treeless mountaintop or area near the top: often used as part of a proper name.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English ball(e)d, equivalent to ball white spot (compare Welsh bal, Greek phaliós having a white spot) + -ed -ed3
Related forms
baldish, adjective
baldly, adverb
baldness, noun
half-bald, adjective
semibald, adjective
semibaldly, adverb
semibaldness, noun
Can be confused
bald, balled, bawled.
Synonyms
4. bare, barefaced, flagrant, patent, utter, out-and-out, downright, flat-out.
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Examples from the Web for Balder
Historical Examples
  • The story of Balder is, in reality, the most ancient form of the Siegfried myth.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • Even Balder made remarks which seemed to be regarded as apposite.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • But go thou back to Asgard; and, if every thing shall weep for Balder, then I will send him to you.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • If there ever was a man who was made for a soldier, it's Balder.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • The asas took the corpse of Balder and brought it to the sea-shore.

  • When Balder saw it, he declared that nothing could be more to his taste.

  • The longer Balder gazed at it, the more human-like did it appear.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • Balder was the most god-like of all the gods, because he was the purest and the best.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • Balder, with equal docility, vaulted the gate, and moved away down the lane at the bidding of the keeper.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • Moreover, Balder the Bright is the glory of heaven and the love of the earth.

    Myths of the Rhine X. B. Saintine
British Dictionary definitions for Balder

Balder

/ˈbɔːldə/
noun
1.
(Norse myth) a god, son of Odin and Frigg, noted for his beauty and sweet nature. He was killed by a bough of mistletoe thrown by the blind god Höd, misled by the malicious Loki

bald

/bɔːld/
adjective
1.
having no hair or fur, esp (of a man) having no hair on all or most of the scalp
2.
lacking natural growth or covering
3.
plain or blunt: a bald statement
4.
bare or simple; unadorned
5.
Also baldfaced. (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face
6.
(of a tyre) having a worn tread
Derived Forms
baldish, adjective
baldly, adverb
baldness, noun
Word Origin
C14 ballede (literally: having a white spot); related to Danish bǣldet, Greek phalaros having a white spot
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Word Origin and History for Balder

bald

adj.

c.1300, ballede, probably, with Middle English -ede adjectival suffix + Celtic bal "white patch, blaze" especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, gleam;" see bleach (v.)). Cf., from the same root, Sanskrit bhalam "brightness, forehead," Greek phalos "white," Latin fulcia "coot" (so called for the white patch on its head), Albanian bale "forehead." But connection with ball (n.1), on notion of "smooth, round" also has been suggested. Bald eagle first attested 1680s; so called for its white head.

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Balder in Medicine

bald (bôld)
adj. bald·er, bald·est
Lacking hair on the head.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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