bald /bɔːld/


I. adjective

1. having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair

he was starting to go bald.
2. (of an animal) not covered by the usual fur, hair, or feathers

hedgehogs are born bald.
3. (of a plant or an area of land) not covered by the usual leaves, bark, or vegetation.

the bald trunks with their empty branches.
4. (of a tyre) having the tread worn away.

the Nissan had two bald tyres.
5. not having any extra detail or explanation; plain or blunt

the bald statement in the preceding paragraph requires amplification.
II. phrases

(as) bald as a coot
completely bald.
III. derivatives


– origin Middle English: probably from a base meaning ‘white patch’, whence the archaic sense ‘marked or streaked with white’. Compare with Welsh ceffyl bal, denoting a horse with a white mark on its face.

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