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[bohld]
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:
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-

boldly, adverb
boldness, noun
overbold, adjective
overboldly, adverb
overboldness, noun
superbold, adjective
superboldly, adverb
superboldness, noun
unbold, adjective
unboldly, adverb
unboldness, noun

bolder, boulder.


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.


2. modest.
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bold (bəʊld)
 
adj
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
 
n
8.  printing short for bold face
 
[Old English beald; related to Old Norse ballr dangerous, terrible, baldinn defiant, Old High German bald bold]
 
'boldly
 
adv
 
'boldness
 
n

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bold
O.E. beald (W.Saxon), bald (Anglian) "bold, brave, confident, strong," from P.Gmc. *balthaz (cf. O.H.G. bald "bold, swift," in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Goth. balþei "boldness;" O.N. ballr "frightful, dangerous"), perhaps from PIE *bhol-to- suffixed form of *bhel- (2) "to blow,
swell" (see bole). O.Fr. and Prov. baut "bold," It. baldo "bold, daring, fearless" are Germanic loan-words.
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