half-bald

bald

[bawld]
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

baldish, adjective
baldly, adverb
baldness, noun
half-bald, adjective
semibald, adjective
semibaldly, adverb
semibaldness, noun

bald, balled, bawled.


4. bare, barefaced, flagrant, patent, utter, out-and-out, downright, flat-out.
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bald (bɔːld)
 
adj
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
 
[C14 ballede (literally: having a white spot); related to Danish bǣldet, Greek phalaros having a white spot]
 
'baldish
 
adj
 
'baldly
 
adv
 
'baldness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

bald
c.1300, ballede, probably, with M.E. -ede adjectival suffix, from Celt. bal "white patch, blaze" especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE base *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, gleam;" see bleach). Cf., from the same root, Skt. bhalam "brightness, forehead,"
Gk. phalos "white," L. fulcia "coot" (so called for the white patch on its head), Alb. bale "forehead." Bald eagle first attested 1680s.
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bald (bôld)
adj. bald·er, bald·est
Lacking hair on the head.

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