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[bohld] /boʊld/
adjective, bolder, boldest.
1.
not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring:
a bold hero.
2.
not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent:
He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.
3.
necessitating courage and daring; challenging:
a bold adventure.
4.
beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative:
Einstein was a bold mathematician. a difficult problem needing a bold answer.
5.
striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy:
a bold pattern.
6.
steep; abrupt:
a bold promontory.
7.
Nautical. deep enough to be navigable close to the shore:
bold waters.
8.
Printing. typeset in boldface.
9.
Obsolete. trusting; assured.
Idioms
10.
be / make (so) bold, to presume or venture; dare:
I made bold to offer my suggestion.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English bald, bold, Old English b(e)ald; cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German bald, Dutch boud bold, Old Norse ballr dire < Germanic *bál-tha-z; akin to Welsh balch proud, Irish balc strong < *bal-ko-
Related forms
boldly, adverb
boldness, noun
overbold, adjective
overboldly, adverb
overboldness, noun
superbold, adjective
superboldly, adverb
superboldness, noun
unbold, adjective
unboldly, adverb
unboldness, noun
Can be confused
bolder, boulder.
Synonyms
1. fearless, adventurous, brave, valiant, intrepid, valorous, dauntless. 2. Bold, brazen, forward, presumptuous may refer to manners in a derogatory way. Bold suggests impudence, 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. Presumptuous implies overconfidence, effrontery, taking too much for granted.
Antonyms
2. modest.
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  • First there was a growing boldness of hobbyists to explore the guts of their electronic products.
  • If it ultimately fails to bring lasting change, it will not be for lack of boldness.
  • He accepted the possibility of failure but counselled boldness anyway.
  • In the first term, he consistently counselled boldness.
  • She was per- haps able to write about the city with such boldness because she had a timid relationship to it.
  • The boldness and confidence of this minority should not be underestimated.
  • Thanks to their boldness and to modern refinements, the mortality rate for aortic dissection has dropped to one in four.
British Dictionary definitions for boldness

bold

/bəʊld/
adjective
1.
courageous, confident, and fearless; ready to take risks
2.
showing or requiring courage: a bold plan
3.
immodest or impudent: she gave him a bold look
4.
standing out distinctly; conspicuous: a figure carved in bold relief
5.
very steep: the bold face of the cliff
6.
imaginative in thought or expression: the novel's bold plot
7.
(printing) set in bold face
noun
8.
(printing) short for bold face
Derived Forms
boldly, adverb
boldness, noun
Word Origin
Old English beald; related to Old Norse ballr dangerous, terrible, baldinn defiant, Old High German bald bold
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Word Origin and History for boldness

bold

adj.

Old English beald (West Saxon), bald (Anglian) "bold, brave, confident, strong," from Proto-Germanic *balthaz (cf. Old High German bald "bold, swift," in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Gothic balþei "boldness;" Old Norse ballr "frightful, dangerous"), perhaps from PIE *bhol-to- suffixed form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).

Of flavors (coffee, etc.) from 1829. The noun meaning "those who are bold" is from c.1300. Old French and Provençal baut "bold," Italian baldo "bold, daring, fearless" are Germanic loan-words.

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Idioms and Phrases with boldness

bold

In addition to the idiom beginning with
bold
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