Bull definition

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Large and strong like a bull.
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A person who buys commodities or securities in anticipation of a rise in prices or who tries by speculative purchases to effect such a rise.
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The adult male of certain other large animals, as the elephant, elk, moose, walrus, whale, etc.
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An exceptionally large, strong, and aggressive person.
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The definition of a bull is an uncastrated male bovine animal, or is slang for nonsensical and untrue talk.

An example of a bull is a male ox.

An example of bull is talk that is made up of meaningless lies.

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(slang) A police officer or detective.
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An adult male bovine mammal.
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The uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle.
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The adult male of certain other large animals, such as alligators, elephants, moose, or whales.
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An optimist, especially regarding business conditions.
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Foolish, deceitful, or boastful language.
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Insolent talk or behavior.
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Male.
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Characterized by rising prices.

A bull market.

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An official document issued by the pope and sealed with a bulla.
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The bulla used to seal such a document.
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A gross blunder in logical speech or expression.
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An investor who buys stocks, commodities, etc. in the belief their price will rise.
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A person regarded as like a bull in size, strength, etc.
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A bulldog.
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(slang) A policeman or detective.
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To make (one's way) with driving force.
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(slang) To bluff, as with insincere talk.
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(slang) To talk foolishly, insincerely, etc.
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Male.
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Like a bull in size, strength, etc.
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Rising in price.

A bull market.

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An official document, edict, or decree, esp. one from the pope.
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A ludicrously illogical or incongruous mistake in statement (Ex.: I'm glad I hate onions because if I liked onions, I'd eat them, and I can't stand onions)
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Bulletin.
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Of a bull or bulls.

Bullfight.

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Like a bull or bull's.

Bullhead.

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Large or male.

Bullfrog.

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Someone who believes that the market will rise. Contrasts with a bear, who believes the opposite. See also bull market.
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An adult male of domesticated cattle or oxen.
  • Specifically, one that is uncastrated.
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An adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
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A large, strong man.
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(finance) An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
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(slang) A policeman.
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(slang, Philadelphia) A male person.
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Large and strong, like a bull.
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Of large mammals, male.

A bull elephant.

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(finance) Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
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(intransitive) To force oneself (in a particular direction).

He bulled his way in.

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(intransitive) To lie, to tell untruths.
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(intransitive) To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
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(UK, military) To polish boots to a high shine.
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(finance) To endeavour to raise the market price of.

To bull railroad bonds.

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(finance) To endeavour to raise prices in.

To bull the market.

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A papal bull, an official document or edict from the Pope.
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A seal affixed to a document, especially a document from the Pope.
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(dated, 17th century) To publish in a Papal bull.
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A lie.
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(euphemistic, informal) Nonsense.
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To mock, cheat.
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(16th century, obsolete) A bubble.
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A botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist Jean Baptiste François Bulliard (1752-1793).
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To push; force.
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To push ahead or through forcefully.
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The adult male of any bovine animal, as the ox, buffalo, etc.
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grab
  • To deal with a problem directly and resolutely.
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shoot the bull
  • to talk idly
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take the bull by the horns
  • to deal boldly with a danger or difficulty
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the Bull
  • Taurus, the constellation and second sign of the zodiac
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bull
Plural:
bulls

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bull

  • From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bule from Old English bula probably from Old Norse boli bhel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English bulle from Old French from Medieval Latin bulla bulla

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bul, bule, from Old English bula (“bull, steer”), from Proto-Germanic *bulô ("bull"; compare West Frisian bolle, Dutch bul, German Bulle, Old Norse boli), from Proto-Indo-European *bhl̥no (compare Old Irish ball (“limb”), Latin follis (“bellows, leather bag”), Thracian βόλινθος (bólinthos, “wild bull”), Albanian "buall" (bull) or related bolle (“testicles”), Ancient Greek φαλλός (phallós, “penis”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel (“to blow”). More at blow.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bull (“falsehood”), of unknown origin. Possibly related to Old French boul, boule, fraud, deceit, trickery. Popularly associated with bullshit.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French boule (“ball”), from Latin bulla (“round swelling”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel (“to blow, to swell”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English bulle, from Old French bulle, from Low Latin bulla

    From Wiktionary