Definitions of bold

  1. very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; " a bluff headland"; " where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; " a sheer descent of rock"
  2. a typeface with thick heavy lines
  3. fearless and daring; " bold settlers on some foreign shore"; " a bold speech"; " a bold adventure"
  4. clear and distinct; " bold handwriting"; " a figure carved in bold relief"; " a bold design"
  5. Forward to meet danger; venturesome; daring; not timorous or shrinking from risk; brave; courageous.
  6. Exhibiting or requiring spirit and contempt of danger; planned with courage; daring; vigorous.
  7. In a bad sense, too forward; taking undue liberties; over assuming or confident; lacking proper modesty or restraint; rude; impudent.
  8. 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.
  9. Standing prominently out to view; markedly conspicuous; striking the eye; in high relief.
  10. Steep; abrupt; prominent.
  11. To make bold or daring.
  12. To be or become bold.
  13. Courageous; fearless; venturesome; planned or carried out with courage and spirit; steep; abrupt, as a cliff; prominent; as, newspaper headlines are printed in bold type; in high relief; rude; presuming; overstepping limitations.
  14. Daring or courageous: forward or impudent: executed with spirit: striking to the sight: steep or abrupt.
  15. BOLDLY.
  17. Having or requiring courage or daring; impudent; conspicuous; abrupt.
  18. Possessing, showing, or requiring courage; fearless; audacious; impudent.
  19. Striking; vigorous; prominent.
  20. Courageous: daring; exhibiting courage; planned or executed with courage and spirit; rude; impudent standing out to view; striking; steep; abrupt.
  21. Daring; courageous; fearless; confident; rude; steep.

Antonyms for bold

diffident, anxious, polished, heedful, horrified, poltroon, simple, conscientious, skittish, panicked, civil, terrified, plain, unremarkable, backward, introverted, smooth, unassertive, sound, shamefaced, easy, restrained, moderate, intimidated, trepid, terrorized, humble, unruffled, bashful, ungallant, unimportant, nervous, genial, afraid, polite, beige, even, scary, unadventurous, timid, levelheaded, obscure, demure, fearsome, featureless, sane, unnerved, craven, coward, poor-spirited, conservative, invisible, sage, self-effacing, agitated, sheepish, disturbed, retiring, subdued, dim, inconspicuous, appalled, dismayed, frightened, unmanly, concerned, scared, prudent, dastardly, unpretentious, refined, overcareful, spiritless, meticulous, disconcerted, milky, horror-struck, ashamed, lily-livered, startled, shocked, panic-stricken, cowardly, fainthearted, spooked, unflashy, plane, overcautious, understated, toned down, mild, fussy, upset, horizontal, careful, apprehensive, unassuming, unenterprising, undistinguished, disquieted, Indistinctive, rational, tremulous, guarded, gradual, worried, concealed, chicken, Shrouded, mannerly, respectful, vanilla, wise, unwrinkled, well-bred, cool, unnoticeable, soft, withdrawn, reasonable, proper, perturbed, subtle, hysterical, courteous, faceless, reserved, embarrassed, coy, yellow, gentle, cautious, blushing, bland, meek, muted, wary, recessive, circumspect, safe, genteel, urbane, abashed, calm, noncommittal, flat, considerate, chicken-livered, wimpy, down-to-earth, gutless, gingerly, lowly, insignificant, chickenhearted, modest, mousy, unobtrusive, neutral, alarmed, nerveless, pusillanimous, chary, sensible, characterless, gracious, aghast, faint, weak, unaffected, deferential, spineless, loving, flush, Affrighted, quiet, level, shy, alert, painstaking, Milk-livered, timorous, recreant, fearful, unheroic, scrupulous, nondescript, hidden, mousey, unemphatic.

Quotes of bold

  1. Be bold and boast, just like the cock beside the hen. – Aeschylus
  2. The flower has opened, has been in the sun and is unafraid. I'm taking more chances; I'm bold and proud. – Paula Cole
  3. And if these be unprincipled agents who scruple at nothing, he will be a bold man who will deny that there are always to be found men at the bar who lend their services most cordially to back and support these agents in their most desperate cases. – George Combe
  4. But, on another level it's really sort of this really cool coming of age story, it reminds me of like The Breakfast Club or something like that, if I can be so bold to associate with The Breakfast Club. – Will Estes
  5. Let us be bold Let us be brave. Let us be together. – Brad Henry
  6. The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers. – Johann Kaspar Lavater
  7. It's hard enough doing something bold without jumping into your bad reviews. – Kenny Loggins
  8. The question is, will we continue to fight what may be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy as a central goal of our education system, or are we bold enough to see what's actually happening to our culture? – Hugh Mackay
  9. Against the bold daring is unsafe. – Ovid
  10. Don't be afraid in nature: one must be bold at the risk of having been deceived and making mistakes. – Camille Pissarro
  11. Necessity of action takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold resolution the favorite of fortune. – Francis Quarles
  12. I choose bold I choose action. I choose what's right for the people. I choose to make a difference. – Bill Richardson
  13. His voice leads us not into timid discipleship but into bold witness. – Charles Stanley
  14. He was a bold man that first eat an oyster. – Jonathan Swift
  15. It appears a bold thing to say so when one sees how much many a modern author who knows how to make a skilful use of the Book of Chronicles has to tell about the tabernacle. – Julius Wellhausen

Usage examples for bold

  1. Well met, bold Robin! – Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden
  2. " You do, Sir Nicholas, but if I may make so bold as to say so, I don't think you will be so very long. – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  3. You were not so bold once. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  4. His attitude was free, his look was bold and his manner full of confidence. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  5. The others followed the bold example. – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
  6. They fought in thy name, they were glad and bold They suffered and kept themselves pure. – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  7. I- I made so bold as to bring him in. – Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter
  8. I would only say that, if he felt it dangerous to be seen in the company of Jesus, it was a bold thing to visit Him at all. – The Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of St. John, Vol. I by Marcus Dods
  9. Are you making a bold guess, or have you any ground for what you're saying? – Blake's Burden by Harold Bindloss
  10. But Birdalone spake: If I be bold lady, it is because I see that I have come into the House of Death. – The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris
  11. He's bold at least- yes, and has a great heart to be bold with. – The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2) by Frederic G. Kenyon
  12. It's made you too bold – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  13. He must be a bold fellow; they say Zorrillo and he. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  14. Mr. Snake was very bold – Mother West Wind 'Why' Stories by Thornton W. Burgess
  15. I made bold to look in, hoping to see you better. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  16. Bold measures are for bold men. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
  17. They were very bold and sometimes came on board the vessel. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  18. He determined upon a bold step. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  19. He was a very bold fellow. – History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians by George Mogridge
  20. My sister says it means I haven't settled down properly yet- calls me the bold bad bachelor! – Simon by J. Storer Clouston

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