: the English nation personified : the English people
: a typical Englishman
John Bullish adjective
John Bullishness noun
John Bullism noun

Word History


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

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of John Bull was in 1748

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“John Bull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/John%20Bull. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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