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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

Answering a Murray Defender David Frum February 7, 2012
Can These Two Horses Save Racing? Sally Denton June 3, 2009
Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Storm Chaser Lee Sandlin April 13, 2013
Man on the Moon The Daily Beast July 18, 2009
The Whitney’s Trippy Outdoor Pop Art Scott Rothkopf June 16, 2010

Historical Examples

Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 Various
The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
Piccadilly Laurence Oliphant
The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
The Devil’s Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann

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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