John Bull

\ ˈjän-ˈbu̇l How to pronounce John Bull (audio) \

Definition of John Bull

1 : the English nation personified : the English people
2 : a typical Englishman

Other Words from John Bull

John Bullish \ ˈjän-​ˈbu̇-​lish How to pronounce John Bullish (audio) \ adjective
John Bullishness noun
John Bullism \ ˈjän-​ˈbu̇-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce John Bullism (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of John Bull

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for John Bull

John Bull, character typifying the English nation in The History of John Bull (1712) by John Arbuthnot

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The first known use of John Bull was in 1778

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English Language Learners Definition of John Bull

: the people or country of England
: a typical Englishman

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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