bald

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English balled (bald), from ball (white spot, blaze) ( + -ed), from Old English *bala (white patch, blaze), from Proto-Germanic *balô (flame), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (light, bright). Cognate with Danish bældet (bald), Gothic 𐌱𐌰𐌻𐌰- (bala-, shining, grey (of body)), Old English bǣl (fire, flame; funeral pyre). Cognate with Albanian balë (white spot on the forehead) and ball (forehead).

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bald (comparative balder, superlative baldest)

  1. Having no hair, fur or feathers.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces.
    1. Having no hair on the head.
      a bald man with a moustache
  2. Of tyres: whose surface is worn away.
  3. Of a statement: empirically unsupported.

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Noun[edit]

bald (plural balds)

  1. (Appalachia) A mountain summit or crest that lacks forest growth despite a warm climate conducive to such, as is found in many places in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

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bald (third-person singular simple present balds, present participle balding, simple past and past participle balded)

  1. (intransitive) to become bald

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German balt, from Old High German bald, pald, from Proto-Germanic *balþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel-.

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bald

  1. soon, near in time
    Bald ist der Urlaub vorbei.
    The vacation will soon be over.
  2. (regional) almost
    Mit bald 80 Jahren ist mein Vater noch auf Apfelbäume geklettert.
    At almost 80 years, my father still used to climb on apple trees.

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  • bald in Duden online

Novial[edit]

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From German.

Adverb[edit]

bald

  1. soon

Old English[edit]

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bald

  1. Alternative form of beald

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *balþaz, whence also Old English bald, Old Norse ballr.

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bald

  1. bold, quick

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  • Joseph Wright, An Old High German Primer

Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *balþaz, whence also Old English bald, Old Norse ballr.

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bald (comparative baldoro, superlative baldost)

  1. bold, fearless

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