noun Scandinavian Mythology.
- a god, a son of Odin and Frigg and the twin brother of Hod, by whom he was killed.
- having little or no hair on the scalp: a bald head; a bald person.
- destitute of some natural growth or covering: a bald mountain.
- lacking detail; bare; plain; unadorned: a bald prose style.
- open; undisguised: a bald lie.
- Zoology. having white on the head: the bald eagle.
- Automotive. (of a tire) having the tread completely worn away.
verb (used without object)
- to become bald.
- (often initial capital letter) Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. a treeless mountaintop or area near the top: often used as part of a proper name.
- Norse myth a god, son of Odin and Frigg, noted for his beauty and sweet nature. He was killed by a bough of mistletoe thrown by the blind god Höd, misled by the malicious Loki
- having no hair or fur, esp (of a man) having no hair on all or most of the scalp
- lacking natural growth or covering
- plain or blunta bald statement
- bare or simple; unadorned
- Also: baldfaced (of certain birds and other animals) having white markings on the head and face
- (of a tyre) having a worn tread
c.1300, ballede, probably, with Middle English -ede adjectival suffix + Celtic bal “white patch, blaze” especially on the head of a horse or other animal (from PIE root *bhel- (1) “to shine, flash, gleam;” see bleach (v.)). Cf., from the same root, Sanskrit bhalam “brightness, forehead,” Greek phalos “white,” Latin fulcia “coot” (so called for the white patch on its head), Albanian bale “forehead.” But connection with ball (n.1), on notion of “smooth, round” also has been suggested. Bald eagle first attested 1680s; so called for its white head.
- Lacking hair on the head.