Balding



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 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.
Contemporary Examples

The portly, balding Sabah, a father of two, glances nervously at the television.
The Tragic Exodus of Iraq’s Christians Jamie Dettmer June 21, 2014

Cain, who is 65, is balding and bespectacled; he was wearing a white sweater vest and a button-down shirt.
Pizza Guy for President! Bryan Curtis January 12, 2011

Gerhartsreiter, a short, balding man wearing wire-rimmed glasses, has pleaded not guilty.
Fake Rockefeller, Real Murder: The Case of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter Christine Pelisek March 18, 2013

In a somber tone, the balding man with white hair describes having lost two sons in the war, both of them fighters with Fatah.
Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ Amid the Rubble of Gaza Jesse Rosenfeld August 27, 2014

The balding, elderly minister with his professor-like demeanor looked my way, but said nothing.
Iraq War 10th Anniversary: The Teamster John Kael Weston March 16, 2013

Historical Examples

The “social worker or something” was a large, balding man about six feet tall.
Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett

Instead, he was about forty, balding, with a little pot-belly and thinning hair.
Makers Cory Doctorow

I can’t go out, because the Simons are coming in to afternoon tea; so you just hurry and go over to balding’s to match it.
Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce

Major Chapelle was a thickset, balding man in his late forties.
Narakan Rifles, About Face! Jan Smith

Harding shook his heavy, balding head, staring at the floor.
Shock Absorber E.G. von Wald

adjective
somewhat bald or becoming bald
adjective
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
adj.

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.

bald (bôld)
adj. bald·er, bald·est
Lacking hair on the head.

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