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    bald

    What word(s) do you use to refer to a person that is not completely bald? I mean we use bald for a person that doesn't have any hair. What do we use if that person has a little hair or the center of his head has no hair?

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    Re: bald

    Balding.
    or
    He has a receding hairline.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: bald

    And in a context that obviously refers to hair, you can say 'thinning'.

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    Re: bald

    But how can we use it?
    1. He has thinning hair.
    2. He is thinning.

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    #5

    Re: bald

    Hello.
    I've found "follicly challenged" here: follicly challenged - Wiktionary
    I'm not sure if it is natural English or not, though.

    But how can we use it?
    1. He has thinning hair.
    2. He is thinning.
    Please see here: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/thin (Click on 2) thin (verb))
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 01-Sep-2012 at 18:05.

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    Re: bald

    We don't use "He is thinning" on its own but you will hear "He is thinning on top" or "He is thinning at the sides".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: bald

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    I've found "follicly challenged" here: follicly challenged - Wiktionary
    I'm not sure if it is natural English or not, though....
    It's used, fairly informally - it's a gentle joke about PC language (the requirement to say, say, 'hearing-impaired' instead of 'deaf' - but that's a bad example, because there are degrees of impairment; still....)

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