bull

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noun (1)

ˈbu̇l How to pronounce bull (audio)
ˈbəl
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a
: 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)
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capitalized : taurus

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adjective

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

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verb (1)

bulled; bulling; bulls

intransitive verb

: to advance forcefully

transitive verb

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

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noun (2)

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

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verb (2)

bulled; bulling; bulls

transitive verb

slang : to fool especially by fast boastful talk

intransitive verb

slang : to engage in idle and boastful talk

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noun (3)

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

bull

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abbreviation

Examples of bull in a Sentence

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Noun
The pit bulls will be impounded and examined at a nearby animal care center, the Times reported. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 This, of course, will make perfect sense to a bull, with another leg up to $100,000 and beyond on the cards as far as they are concerned. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Public figures are served notice that the media’s sharpest bull detector is back on the job. David Bauder, Twin Cities, 13 Feb. 2024 Still, bulls can easily point to fundamentals to justify the advance, including a bullish forecast from Arm Holdings Plc, which soared a record 48% on Thursday. Ryan Vlastelica, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 That said, white, bull, and tiger sharks, which were responsible for 2023’s fatal attacks, are often big enough to kill a human with just one bite. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 8 Feb. 2024 Both starters were liabilities in pass protection; Stanley versus bull rushers and Moses handling speed. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 When a monstrous bull (J.K. Simmons) threatens the colony, Po has to transform a crowd of gentle bamboo eaters into a fighting force. Danny Horn, EW.com, 31 Jan. 2024 As the stands emptied, the bull was taken back into the corrals, where it was killed and then prepared to be eaten as meat. James Wagner Luis Antonio Rojas, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024
Adjective
By the next day’s morning, Cramer appeared to reverse that reversal in a comment on a post by Bitcoin ultra-bull Anthony Pompliano. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 24 June 2021 Brent Thill of Jefferies is the only non-bull on MicroStrategy, rating the stock hold with a $180 price target. Subrat Patnaik, Bloomberg.com, 23 June 2022 As a Bitcoin super-bull, Beard naturally sees his favorite far outperforming the S&P 500 and NASDAQ in the years ahead. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2022
Verb
While huge antlers can be a sign of dominance and herd stature, a buck or bull with a nasty attitude, physical strength, and fighting ability can often trump a rival with more impressive headgear. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 10 Jan. 2024 That was just enough time for the Eagles, who took 23 plays to go 80 yards, with Turner bulling from 4 yards out with 5 seconds to play for a 28-21 halftime lead. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 Wall Street bulls Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, meanwhile, have lowered their year-end price targets for the S&P 500 index. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 30 Oct. 2023 Archer then threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Grant Karnes, who bulled his way past two Cyclone defenders to score, and scored on a 21-yard run to make it 42-14 at halftime. Nwa Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Online, 22 Oct. 2023 Jake Bova scored twice for Avon Lake, bulling his way into the end zone from 8 yards out and 3 yards out. Joe Magill, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2023 Hughley, who finished with 76 yards rushing on 15 carries, continued to spark the Bulldogs in the third quarter with some strong runs, including bulling his way into the end zone for a 1-yard TD to cut the Thompson lead to 23-13 with 2:38 to go in the third quarter. al, 25 Aug. 2023 Then came a husband about 60, who bulled his way across while his wife waited on the safe side. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2023 Can generate offense by bulling his way through traffic or stickhandling in tight spaces. Kyle Woodlief, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

bull

noun
ˈbu̇l
1
a
: an adult male bovine animal
b
: an adult male of some other large animals (as an elephant, a moose, or a whale)
2
: a person who buys stocks or bonds in the expectation that the price will go up compare bear sense 3
3
slang : police officer
bull adjective
bullish
-ish
adjective

Biographical Definition

Bull

biographical name

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

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