having little or no hair on the scalp:
a bald head; a bald person.
destitute of some natural growth or covering:
a bald mountain.
lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned:
a bald prose style.
a bald lie.
Zoology. having white on the head:
the bald eagle.
Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.
to become bald.
(often initial capital letter) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a treeless mountaintop or area near the top: often used as part of a proper name.
having no hair or fur, esp (of a man) having no hair on all or most of the scalp
lacking natural growth or covering
plain or blunt: a bald statement
bare or simple; unadorned
Also baldfaced. (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face
(of a tyre) having a worn tread
c.1300, ballede, probably, with Middle English -ede adjectival suffix + Celtic bal “white patch, blaze” especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE root *bhel- (1) “to shine, flash, gleam;” see bleach (v.)). Cf., from the same root, Sanskrit bhalam “brightness, forehead,” Greek phalos “white,” Latin fulcia “coot” (so called for the white patch on its head), Albanian bale “forehead.” But connection with ball (n.1), on notion of “smooth, round” also has been suggested. Bald eagle first attested 1680s; so called for its white head.
adj. bald·er, bald·est
Lacking hair on the head.
a god, a son of Odin and Frigg and the twin brother of Hod, by whom he was killed. having little or no hair on the scalp: a bald head; a bald person. destitute of some natural growth or covering: a bald mountain. lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned: a bald prose style. open; undisguised: a […]
senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense. Obsolete. a muddled mixture of liquors. Historical Examples I listened to some old wife’s balderdash, and thought it true. The Deemster Hall Caine Then why all this balderdash about shock, rejection, and so on? Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith How can you help being the mothers, […]
a bald person (sometimes used as a facetious term of address). noun A bald man (mid-1800s+) A worn automobile tire (1970+)
a bald person (sometimes used as a facetious term of address). baldie. Historical Examples Yet, once those others had been here—the blue-suited, hairless ones he called “baldies.” Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton His encounters with the baldies had not led to any real understanding. Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton “Hold him,” […]