Definition of bald adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɔːld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɔːld//
    Describing hair, Middle age
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  1. 1having little or no hair on the head He started going bald in his twenties. young men who go prematurely bald See related entries: Describing hair, Middle age
  2. 2without any of the usual hair, marks, etc. covering the skin or surface of something Our dog has a bald patch on its leg. a bald tyre (= a tyre whose surface has become smooth)
  3. 3without any extra explanation or detail to help you understand or accept what is being said The bald fact is that we don't need you any longer. The letter was a bald statement of our legal position.
  4. see also baldly
    Word OriginMiddle English: probably from a base meaning ‘white patch’, which came from the archaic sense ‘marked or streaked with white’. Compare with Welsh ceffyl bal, denoting a horse with a white mark on its face.Idioms (British English, informal) completely bald More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet.
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