not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring:
a bold hero.
not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent:
He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.
necessitating courage and daring; challenging:
a bold adventure.
beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative:
Einstein was a bold mathematician. a difficult problem needing a bold answer.
striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy:
a bold pattern.
a bold promontory.
Nautical. deep enough to be navigable close to the shore:
Printing. typeset in boldface.
Obsolete. trusting; assured.
be / make (so) bold, to presume or venture; dare:
I made bold to offer my suggestion.
courageous, confident, and fearless; ready to take risks
showing or requiring courage: a bold plan
immodest or impudent: she gave him a bold look
standing out distinctly; conspicuous: a figure carved in bold relief
very steep: the bold face of the cliff
imaginative in thought or expression: the novel’s bold plot
(printing) set in bold face
(printing) short for bold face
Old English beald (West Saxon), bald (Anglian) “bold, brave, confident, strong,” from Proto-Germanic *balthaz (cf. Old High German bald “bold, swift,” in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Gothic balþei “boldness;” Old Norse ballr “frightful, dangerous”), perhaps from PIE *bhol-to- suffixed form of *bhel- (2) “to blow, swell” (see bole).
Of flavors (coffee, etc.) from 1829. The noun meaning “those who are bold” is from c.1300. Old French and Provençal baut “bold,” Italian baldo “bold, daring, fearless” are Germanic loan-words.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
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- Be bound to
see: bound to
to make (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermenting malt and hops. to make or prepare (a beverage, as tea) by mixing, steeping, soaking, or boiling a solid in water. to concoct, mix, or cook (a beverage or food, especially one containing unmeasured or unusual ingredients): She brewed a pot of soup from the […]
- Be busted
Also, go bust. Become bankrupt, financially ruined. For example, Who knew that the brokerage firm would be busted? [ ; early 1800s ] Also see: under go broke Also, get busted. Be demoted, as in If you’re caught gambling you’ll get busted to private. This usage originated in the military and still most often denotes […]