the male of a bovine animal, especially of the genus Bos, with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction.
the male of certain other animals, as the elephant and moose.
a large, solidly built person.
a person who believes that market prices, especially of stocks, will increase (opposed to bear).
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Taurus.
Slang. a police officer.
of, relating to, or resembling a bull, as in strength.
having to do with or marked by a continuous trend of rising prices, as of stocks:
a bull market.
Stock Exchange. to attempt to raise the price of.
to speculate in, in expectation of a rise in price.
to force; shove:
to bull one’s way through a crowd.
Nautical. to ram (a buoy).
bull in a china shop,
an awkward or clumsy person.
an inconsiderate or tactless person.
a troublemaker; dangerous person.
take the bull by the horns, to attack a difficult or risky problem fearlessly.
a bulla or seal.
Roman Catholic Church. a formal papal document having a bulla attached.
exaggerations; lies; nonsense.
shoot the bull, to talk aimlessly:
We just sat around shooting the bull.
John, John Bull.
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William Frederick (“Bull”) 1882–1959, U.S. admiral.
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any male bovine animal, esp one that is sexually mature related adjective taurine
the uncastrated adult male of any breed of domestic cattle
the male of various other animals including the elephant and whale
a very large, strong, or aggressive person
a speculator who buys in anticipation of rising prices in order to make a profit on resale
(as modifier): a bull market Compare bear1 (sense 5)
(mainly Brit) short for bull’s-eye (sense 1), bull’s-eye (sense 2)
(slang) short for bullshit
short for bulldog, bull terrier
a bull in a china shop, a clumsy person
(US & Canadian, slang) shoot the bull
to pass time talking lightly
to boast or exaggerate
take the bull by the horns, to face and tackle a difficulty without shirking
male; masculine: a bull elephant
(transitive) to raise or attempt to raise the price or prices of (a stock market or a security) by speculative buying
(intransitive) (of a cow) to be on heat
(intransitive) (US, slang) to talk lightly or foolishly
a ludicrously self-contradictory or inconsistent statement Also called Irish bull
a formal document issued by the pope, written in antiquated characters and often sealed with a leaden bulla
the Bull, the constellation Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac
John. 1563–1628, English composer and organist
See John Bull
Sais christ to ypocrites … yee ar … all ful with wickednes, tresun and bull. [“Cursor Mundi,” early 14c.]
There also was a verb bull meaning “to mock, cheat,” which dates from 1530s.
A peace officer of any kind, esp a uniformed police officer •London police constables were called bull-dogs by 1710 (1850s+)
An elephant, of either sex (1920s+ Circus)
An ace • Short for bullet (1940s+ Poker)
Bull Durham2 ,a very popular brand of tobacco for rolling cigarettes (1930s+)
A locomotive (1880s+ Railroad)
The chief; head man; boss, bull of the woods (1940s+ Loggers & cowboys)
A dealer who favors higher prices and quicker selling (1700s+ Stock market)
bull in a china shop
the damson. the muscadine. Historical Examples What Is and What Might Be Edmond Holmes What Is and What Might Be Edmond Holmes What Is and What Might Be Edmond Holmes Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The William Griffith Wayside and Woodland Trees Edward Step The History of Virginia, in Four Parts […]
bulldog ant. noun any large Australian ant of the genus Myrmecia, having a powerful stinging bite: subfamily Ponerinae Also called bulldog ant
bullarium. Historical Examples Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various
the action or sport of setting dogs upon a bull in a pen or arena. Historical Examples Early Western Travels 1748-1846 Various
a metal frame attached to the front of a vehicle to prevent damage in case of a collision with stray animals on outback roads. noun Word Origin