Bold (?), a. [OE. bald, bold, AS. bald, beald; akin to Icel. ballr, OHG. bald, MHG. balt, D. boud, Goth. balei boldness, It. baldo. In Ger. there remains only bald, adv. soon. Cf. Bawd, n.]


Forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous or shrinking from risk; brave; courageous.

Throngs of knights and barons bold. Milton.


Exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of danger; planned with courage; daring; vigorous.

"The bold design leased highly."



In a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint; rude; impudent.

Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice. Shak.


Somewhat overstepping usual bounds, or conventional rules, as in art, literature, etc.; taking liberties in o composition or expression; as, the figures of an author are bold.

"Bold tales."


The cathedral church is a very bold work. Addison.


Standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief.

Shadows in painting . . . make the figure bolder. Dryden.


Steep; abrupt; prominent.

Where the bold cape its warning forehead rears. Trumbull.


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Bold (?), v. t.

To make bold or daring.




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Bold, v. i.

To be or become bold.



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