Bold meaning

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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.

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Showing a readiness to take risks or face danger; daring; fearless.
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(obs.) Confident.
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Printed in boldface.
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Unduly forward and brazen; impudent.

A bold, sassy child.

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Prominent and clear; striking and sharp.

To write a bold hand.

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Too free in behavior or manner; taking liberties; impudent; shameless.
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(of a font) Having thicker strokes than the ordinary form of the typeface.

The last word of this sentence is bold.

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(printing) Boldface.
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Steep or abrupt, as a cliff.
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Bright and vivid; rich.

Bold colors.

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Forceful in expression.
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, 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.
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Bold deeds win admiration and, sometimes, medals.

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Steep or abrupt in grade or terrain.
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(obsolete) A dwelling; habitation; building.
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To make (a font or some text) bold.
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Strikingly different or unconventional; arresting or provocative.
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make so bold as
  • to be so bold as; dare
    He made so bold as to ask for his money back.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

make so bold as

Origin of bold

  • Middle English from Old English bald bhel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary