To write a bold hand.
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.
A bold, sassy child.
A bold leader.
A bold voyage to unknown lands.
Bold colors; a bold pattern.
The bold flavor of ginger.
The last word of this sentence is bold.
- to be so bold as; dareHe made so bold as to ask for his money back.
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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 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.