Word of the Day: bold

Word of the Day
May 2, 2016
bold (adjective)
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I love using jewelry and nail polish with bold colors.
Bold has many different meanings. It can refer to someone who is brave and not afraid of danger, or it can be a brave action, but it can also refer to someone or something impudent and showing lack of respect. It also refers to something creative and inventive and to something bright, or showy in some way.


Example sentences
Ellen was a bold child and was always ready to try anything.
In a bold move, the company started a program to employ people who had been in jail to help rehabilitate them.
The teacher was shocked by how bold the child was; he had no respect for authority
Fiona's bold gesture told the other driver exactly what she thought of him.
The negotiators came up with a bold solution to the problem.
Leon loves to wear bold colors, like bright reds and blues.


Multi-word forms
be (so) bold (as to do something); make (so) bold (as to do something): presume or dare to do something that may be inappropriate. Example: "If I may be so bold, your daughter is by far the most beautiful woman at the party tonight!" "The prince was so bold as to ask the princess to dance, even though it was clear that she detested him."
Did you know?
Bold is also a kind of type seen in computers and print that darkens and thickens the letters to add emphasis, like this. We can also call this kind of type boldface
Bold dates back to before 1000 and comes from the Middle English word bald or bold and the Old English word b(e)ald; it is a cognate with the Old Saxon and Old High German word bald, the Dutch word boud, meaning 'bold,' and the Old Norse word ballr. It is akin to the Welsh word balch, meaning 'proud' and the Irish word balc, meaning 'strong.'
Bold in other languages
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