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.
steep; abrupt:
a bold promontory.
Nautical. deep enough to be navigable close to the shore:
bold waters.
Printing. typeset in boldface.
Obsolete. trusting; assured.
be / make (so) bold, to presume or venture; dare:
I made bold to offer my suggestion.
Contemporary Examples

Zodiac Beast Starsky + Cox April 8, 2011
Sale of the Century to Balance the Books Niall Ferguson February 20, 2011
Emmy Countdown The Daily Beast September 15, 2009
The Last Veterans of World War I Michael Korda May 27, 2013
A Mother’s Brave Eulogy For Her Three Girls Killed in Connecticut Fire Michael Daly January 5, 2012

Historical Examples

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5 Various
In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
White Fang Jack London
Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete Charles Sturt

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
In addition to the idiom beginning with


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