bold

[OE] In Old English, bold meant simply ‘brave’; the modern connotations of immodesty or presumptuousness do not seem to have developed until the 12th century. The word goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *balthaz, based ultimately, it has been speculated, on Indo- European *bhel- ‘swell’ (the psychological link through ‘being puffed up’ via ‘adventurous courage’ to ‘audacity’ is scarcely far-fetched). If this is so it would mean bold is related to bellows, belly, billow, bolster, and possibly bellow and bell. The notion of impetuosity is perhaps retained in the related German bald ‘soon’. => BELL, BELLOWS, BELLY, BILLOW, BOLSTER

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • 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

  • bold — BOLD, bolduri, s.n. (reg.) 1. Ac cu măciulie, ac cu gămălie. ♦ Vârf ascuţit. ♦ Cui de metal cu măciulie ornamentală. 2. Băţ ascuţit cu care se îndeamnă vitele. ♦ Împunsătură, înţepătură (dată cu acest băţ). 3. (înv.) Imbold. 4. (reg.) Element de… …   Dicționar Român

  • 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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