Baldly



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

In 2002, Americans rejected this baldly isolationist statement by well over two to one.
The New McCarthyism Peter Beinart September 11, 2010

It was a deliberately provocative and baldly political gesture.
Can George Mitchell Fix the Middle East? Reza Aslan January 20, 2009

They did not baldly call for a coup, but they did exhort soldiers to “take a stand.”
Thailand’s Prime Minister Toppled by ‘The Iron Triangle’ Lennox Samuels May 6, 2014

So baldly clear is this realization that I might as well be acknowledging that I will never have eight legs and spin a web.
A New E-Book from Jonathan Rauch: ‘Denial’ David Frum April 30, 2013

Chavez could be declared “temporarily absent,” a narrowly legal if baldly political maneuver to forestall succession.
If Hugo Chavez Succumbs, a Dangerous Limbo for Venezuela Mac Margolis January 5, 2013

Historical Examples

The problem of the North was, to put it baldly, one of invasion and conquest.
History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

It looked to them as if Patsy were down and out, to state it baldly.
Seven Miles to Arden Ruth Sawyer

Rosa Bonheur’s horses are as strong in drawing as they are baldly deficient in sentiment.
Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy

I was resentful enough to meet her baldly upon her own ground.
Pirates’ Hope Francis Lynde

In poetry and the drama the same influence is easily traced, but in the first two it is so baldly prominent as to defy objection.
Our Androcentric Culture, or The Man Made World Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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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