Definition of bald in US English:

bald

adjective

  • 1Having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair.

    ‘he was starting to go bald’
    ‘he had a shiny bald head’
    • ‘She looks like a disgruntled old man, her ears red, her scalp bald and splotchy.’
    • ‘This form is most common in children and involves red, itchy patches on the scalp, often leaving bald patches.’
    • ‘You don't have to go bald, but expect your wallet to get slimmer instead.’
    • ‘Magnor Tanek was old, with fluffy white hair and a bald spot.’
    • ‘A small, just-noticeable tingle started on the top of his bald scalp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dark hair sprung from his once bald scalp and the wrinkles on his face smoothed out.’
    • ‘In addition to a bald spot, the scalp usually has an abnormal appearance.’
    • ‘I really care about my hair, I do my best in order not to go bald.’
    • ‘Martino's head was starting to go bald and he had a round belly.’
    • ‘Those stem cells could be grown up and used to get hair growing again on bald scalps.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man is completely bald, lacking even eyebrows.’
    • ‘‘Please, sit down you two,’ the gray hair, nearly bald doctor beckoned us to the seats.’
    • ‘Unkempt braids of jet-black hair ran down either side of his head, the better part of which had been shaven bald.’
    • ‘He stares out at us from photographs and self-portraits, bald, bearded and utterly lacking in flamboyance.’
    • ‘It was the bald guy, his scalp shining under the café's lights.’
    • ‘Ted sighed and ran a hand over his head again, rubbing his bald scalp.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She pointed to a grim looking giant bald monkey tied to a stall with a bright red glowing collar around its neck.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They noted that the mutant mice groomed themselves excessively-to the extent of creating bald spots and skin wounds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some monkeys had bald patches caused by over-grooming, a compulsive behaviour caused by stress.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A bald chimp links a girl standing on a trolley with a baby perched on a miniature wagon.’
      • ‘In the north we then saw full-up jumping goats, brick buck, bald buck, camel horses and also more cats.’
      • ‘A cat with little bald patches is unattractive. And I do so like my cat to be cute.’
      • ‘That penchant for dressing bald rats in sequins and leather is a different story altogether.’
      • ‘The small bald creature leapt gracefully onto the table and outstretched its whip-like tail and its long paper-thin ears.’
      • ‘Raja was just 3-weeks-old, bald with no feathers, when he brought him home.’
      • ‘Atman gave the bald creature a studying gaze, and connected another blow, directly on its chin.’
      • ‘The bald cat padded its way across the cobblestoned path, and up to the castle gates.’
      • ‘She opened the cabinet and found the bald chicken!’
      • ‘There is excitement in the birding world after a bald parrot was reported in the remote Brazilian Mato Grosso region.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stretch was a bald chicken that Moose had plucked all the feathers off.’
    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’
      • ‘She looks upon an open space of withered grass and tired, bald turf.’
      • ‘The beautiful hills that used to be covered with bushes and trees are now bald.’
      • ‘Where seedlings had lined out the field only two days before there were bald seed beds splashed with puddles of goose droppings.’
      • ‘Work is being done on the pathways round the lakes in order to keep anglers to the paths and hopefully seed the bald areas.’
      • ‘At the source, a spring tumbled out of the bald hillside into a willow-shaded pool the size of a large table.’
      • ‘Outside my door was a green leafed bush, which apparently had not gone bald in the wintertime.’
      • ‘Its bald expanse colonized by a single stubby tree, the narrow courtyard has the bleak and slightly disturbing aura of a de Chirico painting.’
      • ‘Then, we went by K-mart and bought a few plants for the bald part of the backyard.’
      • ‘As readers will discover, this rare plant species of federal concern grows in bald cypress-tupelo gum swamp forests in the coastal plain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As this correspondent observed last week, the forests have re-grown and the erstwhile bald hills are now covered in luxurious foliage and flora.’
      • ‘They launched into a discussion about my personal life while I sat and picked the ground bald of grass.’
      leafless, bare, uncovered, stark
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    3. 1.3 (of a tire) having the tread worn away.
      ‘my car had two bald tires’
      • ‘When performing this act of charity he notices that one of the other tyres is partially bald, and therefore illegal.’
      • ‘Two more involved low-income, illegal car/van pools running both at high speeds and on completely bald tires!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some 24 vehicles were found to have bald tyres while 12 had defective lights.’
      • ‘He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having bald tires!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tires have built-in wear indicators that appear as a bald strip when there is 1.6 millimeters of tread remaining.’
      • ‘When the rubber on the blocks wears out, they need to be replaced, just like bald tires.’
      • ‘What do you think if you did the same thing, resulting in chronic underfunding of your tyre budget, driving around with bald tyres?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said one wheel was loose, two tires were bald, and only one of the truck's six air brakes was working properly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Public transport running on bald tyres on bad roads and with bad brakes is ‘an accident’ waiting to happen.’
      • ‘O'Toole quipped the policy was like a car with four bald tyres and, when you opened the boot, the spare was flat.’
      • ‘Some buses examined by inspectors in the last year have been found to have defective steering, faulty brakes or even bald tyres.’
      • ‘The first thing we noticed were the tyres, which were almost bald.’
      • ‘They headed for Prague, but got stopped on the Czech border because the tyres on their vans were bald.’
      • ‘The officers found nothing wrong until they found one of the tyres was a space-saver and was bald.’
  • 2attributive Not having any extra detail or explanation; plain or blunt.

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

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.

Pronunciation

bald

/bɔld//bôld/