- 1(Of a person, action, or idea) showing a willingness to take risks; confident and courageous: a bold attempt to solve the crisis no journalist was bold enough to take on the Prime MinisterMore example sentences
daring, intrepid, courageous, brave, valiant, fearless, unafraid, undaunted, dauntless, valorous; audacious, adventurous, dashing, heroic, gallant, swashbuckling, adventuresome, daredevil, venturesome, plucky, unflinching; spirited, confident, positive, decisive, assured, enterprising; rash, reckless, brash, foolhardy• literary temerarious
- 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 their manner) so confident as to be impudent or presumptuous: she tossed him a bold lookMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2Irish (Especially of a child) naughty; badly behaved: I slapped him when he was boldMore example sentences
- Like a bold boy at a children's party, he still insists on being the centre of attention even though it's not his birthday.
- 2(Of a colour, design, or shape) having a strong, vivid, or clear appearance: a coat with bold polka dotsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1Of a kind of typeface having dark, heavy strokes, used especially for emphasis: cross references are printed in bold type
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- A bold typeface or letter: Shadow cabinet members listed in boldMore example sentences
- 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.
be (or make) so bold (as to do something)
- • formal Dare to do something that might be considered audacious (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?More example sentences
- 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 brassMore example sentences
- 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 daring action or initiative: the budget was full of bold strokesMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Old English bald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boud and to German bald 'soon'.