Definitions for: Bold


[n] a typeface with thick heavy lines
[adj] fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"
[adj] clear and distinct; "bold handwriting"; "a figure carved in bold relief"; "a bold design"
[adj] very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock"



Webster (1913) Definition: Bold (b[=o]ld), a. [OE. bald, bold, AS. bald, beald; akin
to Icel. ballr, OHG. bald, MHG. balt, D. boud, Goth.
bal[thorn]ei boldness, It. baldo. In Ger. there remains only
bald, adv. soon. Cf. Bawd, n.]
1. Forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous
or shrinking from risk; brave; courageous.

Throngs of knights and barons bold. --Milton.

2. Exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of danger;
planned with courage; daring; vigorous. ``The bold design
leased highly.'' --Milton.

3. In a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over
assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or
restraint; rude; impudent.

Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice.
--Shak.

4. Somewhat overstepping usual bounds, or conventional rules,
as in art, literature, etc.; taking liberties in
composition or expression; as, the figures of an author
are bold. ``Bold tales.'' --Waller.

The cathedral church is a very bold work. --Addison.

5. Standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous;
striking the eye; in high relief.

Shadows in painting . . . make the figure bolder.
--Dryden.

6. Steep; abrupt; prominent.

Where the bold cape its warning forehead rears.
--Trumbull.


Bold, v. t.
To make bold or daring. [Obs.] --Shak.


Bold, v. i.
To be or become bold. [Obs.]

Synonyms: audacious, bluff, bold face, boldface, brash, brave, conspicuous, daredevil, dauntless, emboldened, fearless, foolhardy, heroic, heroical, intrepid, nervy, obvious, overreaching, overvaliant, rash, reckless, sheer, steep, temerarious, unfearing, vaulting, venturesome

Antonyms: timid

See Also: adventuresome, adventurous, courageous, face, font, forward, fount, typeface, unafraid(p)

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