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Language: Old English
Origin: beald

bold

adjective
     
bold comparative bolder, superlative boldest
1

person/action

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.
2

manner/appearance

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).
3

colours/shapes

CC very strong or bright so that you notice them:
bold geometric shapes
Stripes are bold, bright, and fun to wear.
bold colours
4

lines/writing

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.
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printed letters

printed in letters that are darker and thicker than ordinary printed letters:
All the headings are in bold type.
6

make/be so bold (as to do something)

formal 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

if I may be so bold

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.
boldly adverb
boldness noun [uncountable]

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