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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

A pudgy, bald man in a suit and sweater ensemble stands in an opening between two of the newly erected walls.
This Cairo College Campus Is Now a ‘Warzone’ Jonathan Krohn February 17, 2014

He had a round, very wide face, light eyes full of pride, a dimpled chin, a bald pate with a gray fringe.
Julian Tepper: Leave Philip Roth Alone! Julian Tepper February 5, 2013

When people see you bald for the first time, they are a little taken aback, so earrings give them something to focus on.
A Breast Cancer Alphabet: F Is For Fashion Accessories Madhulika Sikka February 22, 2014

He was a bald islander who wore a hat and lots of gold jewelry.
Uh, Mom, About That Prostitute… Quinn Bradlee March 30, 2009

And we both turned on Ed Norton and said, ‘What did you think, a bald head and a few tattoos were going to get you one?’
Nick Nolte on ‘Warrior,’ Going Indie, and His Oscar Prospects Richard Rushfield November 20, 2011

Historical Examples

Now and then raising his arm by a slow, as if cautious movement, he scratched lightly the top of his bald head.
Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad

The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account.
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce

The bald patch was out of sight, and the smile would have softened the heart of an income-tax assessor.
Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 146., January 21, 1914 Various

There was the bald’in, stand-by old and good as bread; and there were all the rest.
Meadow Grass Alice Brown

Now, every evening before leaving, he would look at his white mustache and bald head in the same mirror.
Original Short Stories, Volume 6 (of 13) Guy de Maupassant

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.

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


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