Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Vaudemont, you are bolder in hunting, they tell me, than you are at whist.

It was a situation which might have abashed a bolder ruffian.

A bolder and more rebellious thought was his real legacy to his age.

These, also, make easier and bolder the electrician's tasks.

Then she got bolder, and openly asked to see Golden, and talk with her.

Some persons who were bolder went down, and saw the same thing.

Let no man tell me, sir, that this is not a bolder effort than the other.

I would that I were capable of something better, bolder, and more manly than this.

But one, bolder than the rest, snatching a brand from the hearth, relit the candles.

Thereupon the bolder of the two informed the count that he had had no dinner.


Old English beald (West Saxon), bald (Anglian) "bold, brave, confident, strong," from Proto-Germanic *balthaz (cf. Old High German bald "bold, swift," in names such as Archibald, Leopold, Theobald; Gothic balþei "boldness;" Old Norse ballr "frightful, dangerous"), perhaps from PIE *bhol-to- suffixed form of *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).

Of flavors (coffee, etc.) from 1829. The noun meaning "those who are bold" is from c.1300. Old French and Provençal baut "bold," Italian baldo "bold, daring, fearless" are Germanic loan-words.