Definition of bald in English:

bald

Syllabification: bald
Pronunciation: /bôld
 
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adjective

1Having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair: he had a shiny bald head he was starting to go bald
More example sentences
  • Those stem cells could be grown up and used to get hair growing again on bald scalps.
  • I really care about my hair, I do my best in order not to go bald.
  • You don't have to go bald, but expect your wallet to get slimmer instead.
Synonyms
hairless, smooth, shaven, depilated; bald-headed
informal chrome-domed
technical glabrous
archaic bald-pated
1.1(Of an animal) not covered by the usual fur, hair, or feathers: hedgehogs are born bald
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  • A pampered pet Shih Tzu dog was left bald after a Hong Kong salon accidentally shaved him when he was taken in for a grooming, a news report said yesterday.
  • The small bald creature leapt gracefully onto the table and outstretched its whip-like tail and its long paper-thin ears.
  • Atman gave the bald creature a studying gaze, and connected another blow, directly on its chin.
1.2(Of a plant or an area of land) not covered by the usual leaves, bark, or vegetation: the bald trunks with their empty branches
More example sentences
  • The beautiful hills that used to be covered with bushes and trees are now bald.
  • Fork over bald areas, add some compost and then sow seed or patch with a piece of turf and water in well.
  • Work is being done on the pathways round the lakes in order to keep anglers to the paths and hopefully seed the bald areas.
Synonyms
1.3(Of a tire) having the tread worn away: my car had two bald tires
More example sentences
  • Police in North Yorkshire yesterday launched a major clampdown on motorist who drive on worn and bald tyres in an attempt to save lives.
  • The car's tyres were bald; a fork was in the ignition; there were beer bottles all over the car and the road; and all three were aged about 18.
  • What do you think if you did the same thing, resulting in chronic underfunding of your tyre budget, driving around with bald tyres?
2 [attributive] Not having any extra detail or explanation; plain or blunt: the bald statement in the preceding paragraph requires amplification
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  • One can only guess at the research and detective work that has gone into the bald details recorded for each piece.
  • Their calls for an explanation were met with bald denials from coalition spokesmen.
  • This is because interpretation is often as valuable - even more valuable at times - to readers than a bald statement of the facts.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English: probably from a base meaning 'white patch', whence the archaic sense 'marked or streaked with white'.

Derivatives

baldish

adjective
More example sentences
  • All bravado, Miguel rushes to her rescue, scooping up a three-inch, striped insect with threatening jaws and a large, baldish head that looks eerily human.
  • In my experience, they were all and one fattish, baldish with bowed legs.
  • The baldish guy in his conservative suit and tie looked like he wanted to crawl under the table.

baldly

adverb
sense 2. “I want to leave,” Stephen said baldly
More example sentences
  • Happily all this is stated just about as baldly and clearly as that.
  • How he got to that point, however, is clearly not as baldly obvious as the film posits.
  • With no authoritative watchdog on duty, the company baldly promised to ‘greatly improve the quality and reliability’ of its service.

baldness

noun
More example sentences
  • The partial or complete loss of hair is known as baldness or alopecia.
  • Originally developed as a drug to reduce blood pressure, it's a complete mystery to scientists, who haven't figured out why it helps counteract baldness.
  • For a woman, even losing 50 to 100 hairs a day is normal and does not lead to baldness - because it is replaced by fresh anagen hair.
Synonyms
hair loss, hairlessness, bald-headedness; Medicinealopecia, madarosis
archaic bald-patedness, glabreity

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