Bold, v. i. To be or become bold.
Bold (?), v. t. To make bold or
daring. [Obs.] Shak.
Bold (bōld), a. [OE. bald,
bold, AS. bald, beald; akin to Icel. ballr,
OHG. bald, MHG. balt, D. boud, Goth. balþei
boldness, It. baldo. In Ger. there remains only bald, adv.
soon. Cf. Bawd, n.] 1.
Forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous or shrinking
from risk; brave; courageous.
Throngs of knights and barons bold.
2. Exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of
danger; planned with courage; daring; vigorous. "The bold
design leased highly." Milton.
3. In a bad sense, too forward; taking undue
liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint;
Thou art too wild, too rude and bold of voice.
4. Somewhat overstepping usual bounds, or
conventional rules, as in art, literature, etc.; taking liberties in
composition or expression; as, the figures of an author are
bold. "Bold tales." Waller.
The cathedral church is a very bold work.
5. Standing prominently out to view; markedly
conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief.
Shadows in painting . . . make the figure bolder.
6. Steep; abrupt; prominent.
Where the bold cape its warning forehead rears.
Bold eagle, (Zoöl.) an Australian
eagle (Aquila audax), which destroys lambs and even the
kangaroo. -- To make bold, to take liberties or
the liberty; to venture.
Syn. -- Courageous; daring; brave; intrepid; fearless; dauntless;
valiant; manful; audacious; stouthearted; high-spirited; adventurous;
confident; strenuous; forward; impudent.