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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.
Historical Examples

I know handsome men who are bald, and there are not a few, but many, who derive distinction from this baldness.
Rambles in Womanland Max O’Rell

On the whole I think we must leave the announcement as it stands in all its baldness.
The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero

Synesius pleaded in behalf of baldness; and Lucian defended a sipping fly.
In Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus

Did you ever notice, gentlemen, how lying and baldness go together?
The Arena Various

For some reason it seems impossible to address a stranger at a table d’hôte, before the soup takes the baldness off the situation.
A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan

Neeld was surprised at the baldness of the question, but Harry took it as natural.
Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope

“No,” he stated, and there was something lugubrious in the baldness of the statement.
Then I’ll Come Back to You Larry Evans

She added nothing to the question, but asked it in all its baldness.
Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope

baldness and the loss of teeth were supposed to be the punishment inflicted by the household god for a breach of the rule.
The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead James George Frazer

The wind had disarranged his sleek hair, revealing his baldness.
Narcissus Evelyn Scott

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

late 14c., from bald + -ness.

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.

baldness bald·ness (bôld’nĭs)
The lack of all or a significant part of the hair on the head and sometimes on other parts of the body.

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

from natural causes was uncommon (2 Kings 2:23; Isa. 3:24). It was included apparently under “scab” and “scurf,” which disqualified for the priesthood (Lev. 21:20). The Egyptians were rarely subject to it. This probably arose from their custom of constantly shaving the head, only allowing the hair to grow as a sign of mourning. With the Jews artificial baldness was a sign of mourning (Isa. 22:12; Jer. 7:29; 16:6); it also marked the conclusion of a Nazarite’s vow (Acts 18:18; 21:24; Num. 6:9). It is often alluded to (Micah 1:16; Amos 8:10; Jer. 47:5). The Jews were forbidden to follow the customs of surrounding nations in making themselves bald (Deut. 14:1).


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