Word of the Day: Bold

bold / bold




  1. showing fearlessness and daring; intrepid

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.

from ‘Measure for Measure’ by William Shakespeare, 1564-1616


  1. presumptuous

For it is really better for us not to know a thing, because God has not revealed it to us, than to know it according to man’s wisdom, because he has been bold enough to assume it.

Tertullian, 160-220


  1. sheer; steep

Two equally steep and bold paths may lead to the same peak.

from ‘Zorba the Greek’ by Nikos Kazantzakis, 1883-1957


  1. flashy

When I think of the Harlem Renaissance, I think of bright colors and bold dynamic art…They were claiming and remaking their own images, and doing so in bold and striking ways.

Nikki Grimes, 1950-


  1. typeset with thick lines, usually for emphasis

You’ve taken a big, black, bold line and you’ve made it a little bit gray.

from ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid, ?-


  1. standing out

You are reading a bold and universal headline which says, “I am here, I am here, I am here.”

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007


  1. adventurous

Freedom lies in being bold.

Robert Frost, 1874-1963




  1. printed with thick lettering, usually for emphasis

At the very least, they should have “Don’t try this on your own typewriter” printed in bold across the front.

Anne Enright, 1962-