see also: Bold
  • (RP) IPA: /bəʊld/, [bɒʊld]
  • (GA) IPA: /boʊld/

bold (plural bolds)

  1. (obsolete) A dwelling; habitation; building.
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bold (comparative bolder, superlative boldest)

  1. Courageous, daring.
    Bold deeds win admiration and, sometimes, medals.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 239c.
      It would be extraordinarily bold of me to give it a try after seeing what has happened to you.
  2. Visually striking; conspicuous.
    the painter's bold use of colour and outline
  3. (typography, of typefaces) Having thicker strokes than the ordinary form of the typeface.
    The last word of this sentence is bold.
  4. Presumptuous, forward or impudent.
    • 1748, [David Hume], “Essay I. On the different Species of {{smc”, in Philosophical Essays Concerning Human Understanding, London: Printed for A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 642589706 ↗, part I, page 18 ↗:
      […] even the boldeſt and moſt affirmative Philoſophy, which has ever attempted to impoſe its crude Dictates and Principles on Mankind.
  5. (Ireland) Naughty; insolent; badly-behaved.
    All of her children are terribly bold and never do as they are told.
  6. Full-bodied.
  7. (Philippines) Pornographic; depicting nudity.
  8. Steep or abrupt.
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bold (bolds, present participle bolding; past and past participle bolded)

  1. (transitive) To make (a font or some text) bold.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To make bold or daring.
    • c. 1603–1606, [William Shakespeare], […] His True Chronicle Historie of the Life and Death of King Lear and His Three Daughters. […] (First Quarto), London: Printed for Nathaniel Butter, […], published 1608, OCLC 54196469 ↗, [Act V, scene i] ↗:
      […] for this buſines,
      It touches vs, as France inuades our land
      Not bolds the King, with others whome I feare,
      Moſt iuſt and heauy cauſes make oppoſe.
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To become bold.

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A civil parish in the St Helens.

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