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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

Hillary’s Tricky Iran Game Leslie H. Gelb June 12, 2009
Can Goldman Find God? Jacki Zehner, Katharine Rhodes Henderson November 13, 2009
New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion Nina Strochlic January 7, 2015
Mitt Romney’s Pick of Paul Ryan: Bold Doesn’t Always Work Peter Beinart August 12, 2012
Who’s Dressing Michelle Now? Robin Givhan February 2, 2011

Historical Examples

Gold Out of Celebes Aylward Edward Dingle
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
Joe Miller’s Jests, With Copious Additions Various

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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