- Bold is defined as free in behavior, or prominent.
- A person who is not afraid to speak up for what he believes, even to people with more power than him, is an example of someone who is bold.
- A child who is too confident and arrogant as a result of being spoiled is an example of a child who is overly bold.
- A strong, deep rich red color is an example of a bold color.
- When you have certain letters thicker than others, this is an example of bold.
- showing a readiness to take risks or face danger; daring; fearless
- too free in behavior or manner; taking liberties; impudent; shameless
- steep or abrupt, as a cliff
- prominent and clear; striking and sharp: to write a bold hand
- bright and vivid; rich: bold colors
- printed in boldface
- forceful in expression
- Obsolete confident
Origin of boldMiddle English ; from Old English beald, bold, brave, akin to German bald: origin, originally sense, “swollen up” ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bhel-: see ball
- a. Fearless and daring; courageous: a bold leader.b. Requiring or exhibiting courage or daring: a bold voyage to unknown lands. See Synonyms at brave.
- Unduly forward and brazen; impudent: a bold, sassy child.
- Strikingly different or unconventional; arresting or provocative: “[He] laid out a bold, new vision for America's leading universities” (Jerome Karabel).
- a. Clear and distinct to the eye; conspicuous: bold colors; a bold pattern.b. Strong or pronounced; prominent: the bold flavor of ginger.
- Steep or abrupt in grade or terrain: “The two walk along the high, bold, rocky shore” (Harriet Beecher Stowe).
- Printing Boldface.
Origin of boldMiddle English, from Old English bald; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
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 *bheu-, *bhū- (“to grow, wax, swell, live, dwell”). 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.
(comparative bolder, superlative boldest)
(third-person singular simple present bolds, present participle bolding, simple past and past participle bolded)
- To make (a font or some text) bold.
From Middle English bold, bald, beald, from Old English bald, beald (“bold, brave, confident, strong, of good courage, presumptuous, impudent”), 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”), both from Latin frons (“forehead”).
bold - Computer Definition
, and color other than the black and grayscale in which this book is printed. Rich text often conforms to the Rich Text Formatting (RTF) standard developed by Microsoft Corporation. RTF allows a word processing program to create a rich text file encoded with all necessary formatting instructions, and without any hidden codes. An RTF-encoded file also can be transmitted between applications on a computer and across a network without loss of formatting because it consists only of standard text characters. See also plain text.