bold

bold
adjective
1)

bold adventurers

Syn:
daring, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, fearless, dauntless, audacious, daredevil; adventurous, heroic, plucky, spirited, confident, assured; informal gutsy, spunky, feisty; literary temerarious
Ant:
timid, unadventurous
2)

don't be so bold in public

Syn:
impudent, insolent, impertinent, brazen, brash, disrespectful, presumptuous, forward; cheeky, fresh
3)

a bold pattern

Syn:
striking, vivid, bright, strong, eye-catching, prominent; gaudy, lurid, garish
Ant:
pale
4)

departure times are in bold type

Syn:
heavy, thick, pronounced, conspicuous
Ant:
light, roman
••
bold, aggressive, audacious, bumptious, brazen, intrepid, presumptuous
Is walking up to an attractive stranger and asking him or her to have dinner with you tonight a bold move or merely an aggressive one? Both words suggest assertive, confident behavior that is a little on the shameless side, but bold has a wider range of application. It can suggest self-confidence that borders on impudence (to be so bold as to call the president by his first name), but it can also be used to describe a daring temperament that is either courageous or defiant (a bold investigator who would not give up). Aggressive behavior, on the other hand, usually falls within a narrower range, somewhere between menacing (aggressive attacks on innocent villagers) and just plain pushy (an aggressive salesperson). Brazen implies a defiant lack of modesty (a brazen stare), and presumptuous goes even further, suggesting over-confidence to the point of causing offense (a presumptuous request for money). Bumptious behavior can also be offensive, but it is usually associated with the kind of cockiness that can't be helped (a bumptious young upstart). An audacious individual is bold to the point of recklessness (an audacious explorer), which brings it very close in meaning to intrepid, suggesting fearlessness in the face of the unknown (the intrepid settlers of the Great Plains).

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  • bold — [bəuld US bould] adj comparative bolder superlative boldest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(person/action)¦ 2¦(manner/appearance)¦ 3¦(colours/shapes)¦ 4¦(lines/writing)¦ 5¦(printed letters)¦ 6 make/be so bold (as to do something) 7 if I may be so bold ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Bold — (рус. смелый, храбрый)  многозначный термин. Bold  разговорное сокращение названия телесериала «Дерзкие и красивые» (англ. The Bold and the Beautiful). Bold  альбом одноимённой хардкор панк группы, записанный в 1989 году.… …   Википедия

  • Bold — steht für: Bold (Täuschkörper), eine Abwehrwaffe deutscher U Boote Bold (Band), eine US amerikanische Hardcore Punkband Bold (Botoșani), Dorf im Kreis Botoșani (Rumänien) Bold ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Boldbaatar Bold Erdene (*… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bold — (b[=o]ld), a. [OE. bald, bold, AS. bald, beald; akin to Icel. ballr, OHG. bald, MHG. balt, D. boud, Goth. bal[thorn]ei boldness, It. baldo. In Ger. there remains only bald, adv. soon. Cf. {Bawd}, n.] 1. Forward to meet danger; venturesome;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • BOLD — steht für: Blood Oxygen Level Dependency, einen physikalischen Effekt der sich für ein bildgebendes Verfahren in der Medizin nutzen lässt Bold steht für: Bold (Täuschkörper), eine Abwehrwaffe deutscher U Boote Bold ist der Nachname folgender… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • bold — bold·en; bold·face; bold·ly; bold·ness; em·bold·en; ko·bold; bold; …   English syllables

  • bold — [bōld] adj. [ME < OE beald, bold, brave, akin to Ger bald: orig. sense, “swollen up” < IE base * bhel : see BALL1] 1. showing a readiness to take risks or face danger; daring; fearless 2. too free in behavior or manner; taking liberties;… …   English World dictionary

  • bold — ► ADJECTIVE 1) confident and courageous. 2) dated audacious; impudent. 3) (of a colour or design) strong or vivid. 4) (of type) having thick strokes. ► NOUN ▪ a bold typeface. ● be so bold as to …   English terms dictionary

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  • bold — (adj.) O.E. beald (W.Saxon), bald (Anglian) bold, brave, confident, strong, from P.Gmc. *balthaz (Cf. O.H.G. bald bold, swift, in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Goth. balþei boldness; O.N. ballr frightful, dangerous ), perhaps from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bold — Bold, v. t. To make bold or daring. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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