Definition of bold in English:


Syllabification: bold
Pronunciation: /bōld


1(Of a person, action, or idea) showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous: a bold attempt to solve the crisis he was the only one bold enough to air his dislike
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  • Andreu, one of the world's leading experts in airport design, has been praised for the exceptional engineering which allows his bold ideas to come to life.
  • To say it is a bold idea is not to say that it's new.
  • His job has been to head a congregation whose assignment is not to generate new and bold ideas, but to preserve the integrity of the tradition of the church.
1.1 dated (Of a person or manner) so confident as to suggest a lack of shame or modesty: she tossed him a bold look
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  • No man's Mercedes is safe; the thieves are so bold they'll make off with your vintage automobile with a forklift.
  • With a shrug, Lenore plopped down on the tiny chair of her table, crossing her legs in a bold manner.
  • I believe that such feelings will not be considered bold presumption but an act of love.
2(Of a color or design) having a strong or vivid appearance: a coat with bold polka dots
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  • Utzon's interior design was characterised by bold colours and fantastic shapes.
  • There is less intricacy of detail, and the bold lines and strong colours relate them to North Indian folk art.
  • They are like cartoons, with their bold lines, bright colours and flat shapes.
striking, vivid, bright, strong, eye-catching, prominent, impactful;
gaudy, lurid, garish
2.1Of a kind of typeface having dark, heavy strokes, used especially for emphasis.
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  • As if to emphasise the point, the report prints the comment in bold type.
  • I'd like the following printed on all scorecards in bold type.
  • Paragraph 3 has a footnote at the end in bold type.
heavy, thick, pronounced, conspicuous


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A bold typeface or letter: difficult words and phrases are highlighted in bold
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  • Google will display the search keywords in bold in your ad if they're present.
  • The questions will then pertain to that picture and the answers will be listed in bold under the questions.
  • After I scribble ‘The Dimensional Traveler’ in bold on a blank page, I pick up another blank page.


Old English bald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boud and to German bald 'soon'.


be (or make) so bold (as to do something)

formal Dare to do something (often used when politely asking a question or making a suggestion): what would he be calling for, if I might make so bold as to ask?
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  • There are plenty of disgusting foods out there, but I don't think there are many companies that would dare to be so bold as to stick a name like Pork Brains In Milk Gravy right on the can.
  • May I be so bold as to suggest one to add to your list.
  • Might I be so bold as to suggest a synchronised charge tomorrow morning?

(as) bold as brass

Confident to the point of impudence: she marched into the library as bold as brass
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  • Bold and brash - indeed bold as brass - the young property developer who sauntered into a moribund Tynecastle in 1981 was unfazed that he was not the players' choice.
  • He now has colleagues who are full of confidence, bold as brass and ready to make their way in the world.
  • They waltzed into the party bold as brass and started dancing with two men on the dance floor.

a bold stroke

A daring action or initiative.
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  • They can in one bold stroke change the economic coffee landscape with an initiative in support of the coffee farmers in the global village.
  • It's a pretty bold stroke considering his history on some of these campaign fund-raising issues.
  • In one bold stroke, Google will give new value to millions of orphaned works.

put a bold face on something

see face.



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  • The sequence starts boldly with Blazon, a brilliant combination of fanfare and concerto for orchestra.
  • On several occasions he boldly took the ball past defenders, perhaps failing to release it quite quickly enough.
  • The second story boldly asserts that the most dangerous kind of official is the incorruptible one.


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  • His boldness sparked strong suspicions of his guilt in the local community and he found he could not return to normal life.
  • Politicians who show some boldness and determination to act deserve support.
  • I took off and put on my underwear several times before I decided in favour of boldness.

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