bull

noun (1)
\ ˈbu̇l How to pronounce bull (audio) , ˈbəl \

Definition of bull

 (Entry 1 of 8)

1a : a male bovine especially : an adult uncastrated male domestic bovine
b : a usually adult male of various large animals (such as elephants, whales, or seals)
2 : one who buys securities or commodities in expectation of a price rise or who acts to effect such a rise — compare bear
3 : one that resembles a bull (as in brawny physique)
4 : bulldog
6 capitalized : taurus

bull

adjective

Definition of bull (Entry 2 of 8)

1a : of or relating to a bull
b : male a bull calf
c : suggestive of a bull
2 : large of its kind a bull lathe

bull

verb (1)
bulled; bulling; bulls

Definition of bull (Entry 3 of 8)

intransitive verb

: to advance forcefully

transitive verb

1 : to act on with violence
2 : force bulled his way through the crowd

bull

noun (2)

Definition of bull (Entry 4 of 8)

1 : a solemn papal letter sealed with a bulla or with a red-ink imprint of the device on the bulla
2 : edict, decree

bull

verb (2)
bulled; bulling; bulls

Definition of bull (Entry 5 of 8)

transitive verb

slang : to fool especially by fast boastful talk

intransitive verb

slang : to engage in idle and boastful talk

bull

noun (3)

Definition of bull (Entry 6 of 8)

1 : a grotesque blunder in language
2 slang : empty boastful talk
3 slang : nonsense sense 2

Definition of bull (Entry 7 of 8)

Bull

biographical name
\ ˈbu̇l How to pronounce Bull (audio) \

Definition of Bull (Entry 8 of 8)

Ole \ ˈō-​lə How to pronounce Bull (audio) \ Bornemann 1810–1880 Norwegian violinist

Synonyms for bull

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Synonyms: Noun (3)

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First Known Use of bull

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1884, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (3)

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bull

Noun (1)

Middle English bule, from Old English bula; akin to Old Norse boli bull

Noun (2)

Middle English bulle, from Medieval Latin bulla, from Latin, bubble, amulet

Noun (3)

perhaps from obsolete bull to mock

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The first known use of bull was before the 12th century

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“Bull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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bull

noun
\ ˈbu̇l How to pronounce bull (audio) \

Kids Definition of bull

: an adult male ox or an adult male of certain other large animals (as the elephant and the whale)

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