Definition of bald in English:



  • 1Having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair.

    ‘he was starting to go bald’
    • ‘Magnor Tanek was old, with fluffy white hair and a bald spot.’
    • ‘I really care about my hair, I do my best in order not to go bald.’
    • ‘You don't have to go bald, but expect your wallet to get slimmer instead.’
    • ‘A small, just-noticeable tingle started on the top of his bald scalp.’
    • ‘Ted sighed and ran a hand over his head again, rubbing his bald scalp.’
    • ‘He stares out at us from photographs and self-portraits, bald, bearded and utterly lacking in flamboyance.’
    • ‘Martino's head was starting to go bald and he had a round belly.’
    • ‘The man is completely bald, lacking even eyebrows.’
    • ‘Those stem cells could be grown up and used to get hair growing again on bald scalps.’
    • ‘‘Please, sit down you two,’ the gray hair, nearly bald doctor beckoned us to the seats.’
    • ‘Gadi had all his hair cut off, his head shaven bald.’
    • ‘A person becomes bald if the scalp follicles die and no longer produce new hair.’
    • ‘Dark hair sprung from his once bald scalp and the wrinkles on his face smoothed out.’
    • ‘This form is most common in children and involves red, itchy patches on the scalp, often leaving bald patches.’
    • ‘Unkempt braids of jet-black hair ran down either side of his head, the better part of which had been shaven bald.’
    • ‘She looks like a disgruntled old man, her ears red, her scalp bald and splotchy.’
    • ‘It was the bald guy, his scalp shining under the café's lights.’
    • ‘In addition to a bald spot, the scalp usually has an abnormal appearance.’
    • ‘The man, with slightly gray hair, bald on the top of the head, and steely gray eyes, was wearing an expensive suit.’
    • ‘Her head was not completely smooth like a bald human, but had three ridges, one in the middle and one on each side of that.’
    hairless, bald-headed, smooth
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    1. 1.1 (of an animal) not covered by the usual fur, hair, or feathers.
      ‘hedgehogs are born bald’
      • ‘Raja was just 3-weeks-old, bald with no feathers, when he brought him home.’
      • ‘There is excitement in the birding world after a bald parrot was reported in the remote Brazilian Mato Grosso region.’
      • ‘It was like some sort of ghastly empowerment group, of thousands, except it was being chaired by a bald ape who ran hither and yon.’
      • ‘This bird has a bald, red face that only a mother could love, but it boasts an incredible nine-foot wingspan and a majesty in flight that rivals any raptor.’
      • ‘She opened the cabinet and found the bald chicken!’
      • ‘They noted that the mutant mice groomed themselves excessively-to the extent of creating bald spots and skin wounds.’
      • ‘The bald cat padded its way across the cobblestoned path, and up to the castle gates.’
      • ‘Sometimes birds will get feather mites and all their feathers will get eaten away by the mites and the birds are bald until they grow in new ones.’
      • ‘Stretch was a bald chicken that Moose had plucked all the feathers off.’
      • ‘Obesity may be seen as bald patches in certain areas where the feather tracts have separated because of large deposits of fat under the skin.’
      • ‘A pampered pet Shih Tzu dog was left bald after a Hong Kong salon accidentally shaved him when he was taken in for a grooming, a news report said yesterday.’
      • ‘Atman gave the bald creature a studying gaze, and connected another blow, directly on its chin.’
      • ‘I noticed that some of the ducks have a bald patch at the back of their heads and that other ducks often attack them here with their beaks.’
      • ‘The small bald creature leapt gracefully onto the table and outstretched its whip-like tail and its long paper-thin ears.’
      • ‘In the north we then saw full-up jumping goats, brick buck, bald buck, camel horses and also more cats.’
      • ‘Some monkeys had bald patches caused by over-grooming, a compulsive behaviour caused by stress.’
      • ‘She pointed to a grim looking giant bald monkey tied to a stall with a bright red glowing collar around its neck.’
      • ‘A bald chimp links a girl standing on a trolley with a baby perched on a miniature wagon.’
      • ‘That penchant for dressing bald rats in sequins and leather is a different story altogether.’
      • ‘A cat with little bald patches is unattractive. And I do so like my cat to be cute.’
    2. 1.2 (of a plant or an area of land) not covered by the usual leaves, bark, or vegetation.
      ‘the bald trunks with their empty branches’
      • ‘The beautiful hills that used to be covered with bushes and trees are now bald.’
      • ‘As readers will discover, this rare plant species of federal concern grows in bald cypress-tupelo gum swamp forests in the coastal plain.’
      • ‘She looks upon an open space of withered grass and tired, bald turf.’
      • ‘Work is being done on the pathways round the lakes in order to keep anglers to the paths and hopefully seed the bald areas.’
      • ‘Its bald expanse colonized by a single stubby tree, the narrow courtyard has the bleak and slightly disturbing aura of a de Chirico painting.’
      • ‘Take a look at your lawn and write about the patchy areas of crabgrass and bald spots found.’
      • ‘Fork over bald areas, add some compost and then sow seed or patch with a piece of turf and water in well.’
      • ‘At the source, a spring tumbled out of the bald hillside into a willow-shaded pool the size of a large table.’
      • ‘Where seedlings had lined out the field only two days before there were bald seed beds splashed with puddles of goose droppings.’
      • ‘They launched into a discussion about my personal life while I sat and picked the ground bald of grass.’
      • ‘As this correspondent observed last week, the forests have re-grown and the erstwhile bald hills are now covered in luxurious foliage and flora.’
      • ‘Outside my door was a green leafed bush, which apparently had not gone bald in the wintertime.’
      • ‘Then, we went by K-mart and bought a few plants for the bald part of the backyard.’
      leafless, bare, uncovered, stark
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    3. 1.3 (of a tyre) having the tread worn away.
      ‘the Nissan had two bald tyres’
      • ‘The car's tyres were bald; a fork was in the ignition; there were beer bottles all over the car and the road; and all three were aged about 18.’
      • ‘The officers found nothing wrong until they found one of the tyres was a space-saver and was bald.’
      • ‘You could even report your neighbour's bald tyres, unlicensed bulls or smoking in the house - which is a workplace when they have the cleaner or the gas-man in.’
      • ‘They headed for Prague, but got stopped on the Czech border because the tyres on their vans were bald.’
      • ‘What do you think if you did the same thing, resulting in chronic underfunding of your tyre budget, driving around with bald tyres?’
      • ‘O'Toole quipped the policy was like a car with four bald tyres and, when you opened the boot, the spare was flat.’
      • ‘You can drive a pile of rust here, with bald tires, garbage bags for windows and no lights, and no one will say ‘Boo’ about it.’
      • ‘Tires have built-in wear indicators that appear as a bald strip when there is 1.6 millimeters of tread remaining.’
      • ‘He said one wheel was loose, two tires were bald, and only one of the truck's six air brakes was working properly.’
      • ‘He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having bald tires!’
      • ‘Two more involved low-income, illegal car/van pools running both at high speeds and on completely bald tires!’
      • ‘When the rubber on the blocks wears out, they need to be replaced, just like bald tires.’
      • ‘Police in North Yorkshire yesterday launched a major clampdown on motorist who drive on worn and bald tyres in an attempt to save lives.’
      • ‘Atkinson's car was found to have three bald tyres - on one of them the steel cord was showing - and the front brakes on one side were seized up.’
      • ‘The first thing we noticed were the tyres, which were almost bald.’
      • ‘Public transport running on bald tyres on bad roads and with bad brakes is ‘an accident’ waiting to happen.’
      • ‘When performing this act of charity he notices that one of the other tyres is partially bald, and therefore illegal.’
      • ‘Some 24 vehicles were found to have bald tyres while 12 had defective lights.’
      • ‘It was an accident that could have happened anywhere and he did not believe that any bald tyres recovered from the crash scene could have come from the bus.’
      • ‘Some buses examined by inspectors in the last year have been found to have defective steering, faulty brakes or even bald tyres.’
  • 2Not having any extra detail or explanation; plain or blunt.

    ‘the bald statement in the preceding paragraph requires amplification’
    • ‘Even his own Labour Muslim colleagues were angry with his bald statement, for which he later apologised in his local newspaper.’
    • ‘Again, the Plaintiffs rely upon bald statements in their factum without supporting evidence.’
    • ‘Such a bald statement would, of course, be denied by any responsible public figure.’
    • ‘None of you want to react to that bald statement by me, I am sure.’
    • ‘But bald figures and artists' impressions do not tell the whole story.’
    • ‘They're so bizarre I'm not certain I could even summarise them: they are a bald statement of extreme political reaction.’
    • ‘In particular, the link between poverty and health was noted for confusing interpretations of the bald figures.’
    • ‘This is because interpretation is often as valuable - even more valuable at times - to readers than a bald statement of the facts.’
    • ‘But the bald figures mask anxieties and fears that are being played out throughout Britain in homes, offices and schools.’
    • ‘He always settles for bald honesty or nothing at all.’
    • ‘In all that I've read and heard, the response - such as it is - to this question has been bald and simple.’
    • ‘All of this being ‘merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative’.’
    • ‘Their calls for an explanation were met with bald denials from coalition spokesmen.’
    • ‘There has clearly been an element of special pleading here, but it is not actually a plea to ministers for more cash, it is just a bald and factual statement of the problems.’
    • ‘Some might see this bald honesty as refreshing.’
    • ‘He knew the bald, unvarnished, terrified truth when he heard it.’
    • ‘The listener isn't challenged to dig deep for hidden meaning - these dark tales are as bald and straightforward as one could imagine.’
    • ‘One can only guess at the research and detective work that has gone into the bald details recorded for each piece.’
    • ‘But the bald figures tell an indisputably brighter story.’
    • ‘The bald figures don't begin to delineate the crisis because they don't take account of the desperate attempts by the media to retain market share.’
    plain, simple, unadorned, unvarnished, unembellished, undisguised, unveiled, stark, severe, austere, brutal, harsh
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  • (as) bald as a coot

    • Completely bald.

      • ‘Of the ones sitting down the middle man was bald as a coot, his whole head shining with a sweat I thought would come away on my hand like coconut oil.’
      • ‘I have very dark brown eyes and even though I now shave my head so I'm bald as a coot, I once had long dark brown flowing locks.’
      • ‘One has luxuriant locks, their ever-changing style consuming the interests of fashion writers more interested in curling tongs than curling free-kicks; the other is as bald as a coot.’
      • ‘Have you ever heard him say ‘I'm as bald as a coot and have a massive collections of syrups’ (wigs in rhyming slang to the uninitiated)?’
      • ‘Sibelius was portrayed as a grim faced gentleman with mad, bulging eyes, bald as a coot.’
      • ‘Hence if Balde were, well, bald as a coot, knobbly-kneed or of Bunteresque physique, he would duly be ridiculed for these signs of imperfection.’


Middle English: probably from a base meaning ‘white patch’, whence the archaic sense ‘marked or streaked with white’. Compare with Welsh ceffyl bal, denoting a horse with a white mark on its face.