bold comparative bolder, superlative boldest
not afraid of taking risks and making difficult decisions:
In a surprisingly bold move, he is threatening court action against the company.
My aunt Flo was a bold determined woman.
He had the ability to take bold imaginative decisions.
so confident or determined that you sometimes offend people:
You should be feeling confident and bold when you meet your bank manager.
She marched into his office as bold as brass (=very confident and not showing enough respect).
very strong or bright so that you notice them:
bold geometric shapes
Stripes are bold, bright, and fun to wear.
written or drawn in a very clear way:
an envelope addressed to her in a bold black hand
The graphics are bold and colourful.
The print should be bold and easy to read.
printed in letters that are darker and thicker than ordinary printed letters:
All the headings are in bold type.
to do something that other people feel is rude or not acceptable:
I see you have been so bold as to ask for food at this hour.
7 British English spoken formal
used when asking someone a question, to show that you are slightly annoyed with them:
Tell me, if I may be so bold as to ask, precisely what you are talking about.
—boldness noun [uncountable]