is an opposite of being shy
. A bold person may be willing to risk shame
or rejection in social situations, and willing to bend rules of etiquette
. An excessively bold person could aggressively ask for money, or persistently push a person to fulfill some request, and so on. Boldness does not necessarily mean obnoxious; it is possible for one to be bold, while staying silent. Excessive boldness may thus be regarded as impertinence or arrogance
. Outside a social context, "boldness" can also refer to a willingness to get things done, even despite risks, and is therefore broadly synonymous with bravery
Boldness is not always in a rash context, but can have a great positive connotation to the word. For example, Wikipedia encourages boldness when editing articles within the website. Being bold can be a huge step in social development.
"Bold" is sometimes used synonymously with (and in place of) "impudent", where a child may be punished for "being bold" when he or she had acted disrespectfully toward an adult, or simply misbehaved. This usage is standard throughout Ireland.