having a scalp wholly or partly lacking hair:
he had a shiny bald head
he was starting to go bald.
(of an animal) not covered by the usual fur, hair, or feathers:
hedgehogs are born bald.
(of a tire) having the tread worn away:
my car had two bald tires.
without any extra detail or explanation; plain or blunt:
the bald statement in the preceding paragraph requires amplification.
(in sense 2)
“I want to leave,” Stephen said baldly.
XIV. ME. balled(e)
, MSc. bellit
hairless, having a white blaze, prob. an OE. formation (*bællede
) with suffix -ede
on a base *ball-
meaning orig. ‘white patch’. Cf. PIEBALD
, and Ballard
(XIV) bald-headed person, which survives as a surname.
, Childe, mild, self-styled, undefiled, wild, Wilde
•grandchild • stepchild • brainchild
•godchild • Rothschild • schoolchild
•love child • unreconciled
, scald, so-called, uncalled, unwalled
•Archibald • piebald • skewbald
•Theobald • Cumbernauld