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



    BrE BrE//bəʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//boʊld//
    (bolder, boldest) Brave
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  1. 1(of people or behaviour) brave and confident; not afraid to say what you feel or to take risks It was a bold move on their part to open a business in France. The wine made him bold enough to approach her. a bold and fearless warrior See related entries: Brave
  2. 2(of shape, colour, lines, etc.) that can be easily seen; having a strong clear appearance the bold outline of a mountain against the sky She paints with bold strokes of the brush.
  3. 3(specialist) (of printed words or letters) in a thick, dark type Highlight the important words in bold type. bold lettering
  4. Word OriginOld English bald, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boud and to German bald ‘soon’.Extra examples It was a bold move on their part to open a branch of the business in France. The furniture was painted in bold, primary colours. The slaughter of his family turned him into a bold and fearless warrior. The wine made him bold enough to approach her and introduce himself. a bold black and yellow signIdioms
    be/make so bold (as to do something)
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    (formal) used especially when politely asking a question or making a suggestion which you hope will not offend anyone (although it may criticize them slightly) If I may be so bold as to suggest that he made a mistake in his calculations…
    (informal) without showing any respect, shame or fear She marched in here, bold as brass, and demanded a pay rise. 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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