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bull

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noun \ˈbu̇l, ˈbəl\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of bull

  1. 1a :  a male bovine; especially :  an adult uncastrated male domestic bovineb :  a usually adult male of various large animals (such as elephants, whales, or seals)

  2. 2 :  one who buys securities or commodities in expectation of a price rise or who acts to effect such a rise — compare bear

  3. 3 :  one that resembles a bull (as in brawny physique)

  4. 4 :  bulldog

  5. 5 slang :  police officer, detective

  6. 6 capitalized :  taurus

Origin and Etymology of bull

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

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bull

adjective

Definition of bull

  1. 1a :  of or relating to a bullb :  male a bull calfc :  suggestive of a bull

  2. 2 :  large of its kind a bull lathe

First Known Use of bull

13th century

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bull

verb

Definition of bull

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to advance forcefully

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to act on with violence

  5. 2 :  force bulled his way through the crowd

First Known Use of bull

1884


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bull

noun

Definition of bull

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

  2. 2 :  edict, decree

Origin and Etymology of bull

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


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bull

verb

Definition of bull

  1. transitive verb
  2. slang :  to fool especially by fast boastful talk

  3. intransitive verb
  4. slang :  to engage in idle and boastful talk

First Known Use of bull

1609


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bull

noun

Definition of bull

  1. 1 :  a grotesque blunder in language

  2. 2 slang :  empty boastful talk

  3. 3 slang :  nonsense 2

Origin and Etymology of bull

perhaps from obsolete bull to mock


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bull

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Definition of bull

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Bull

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biographical name \ˈbu̇l\

Definition of Bull

  1. Oleplay \ˈō-lə\ Bornemann 1810–1880 Norwegian violinist


Financial Definition of BULL

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What It Is

A bull has a positive outlook on an asset class or an entire market. In investing terminology, bull is the opposite of bear.

How It Works

Investors have perceptions and expectations about the securities markets and whether or not the value of specific securities, as well as the market overall, will rise or fall. The bull (or "bullish investor") makes investments based on his or her belief that the market will climb higher or that certain securities will post gains.

The opposite is the bear (or "bearish investor"), who acts upon his or her belief that the market will decline in value or that certain securities will decline in value.

Why It Matters

Market perceptions can affect securities prices depending on how many bulls or bears there are in the market. This is best expressed by the bull/bear ratio. In either case, bulls and bears can impact the direction of market movements as a result of the investments they make.

If you're having difficulties remembering the which animal describes what, just remember: A bull attacks by thrusting his horns in an upward movement, while a bear attacks by swiping his paw in a downward movement. Therefore, if the market goes up, it's a bull market; if the market trends down, it's a bear market.

For more details on the history of these words, read The Quirky And Brutal Origins Of The Terms 'Bear' And 'Bull.'



BULL Defined for Kids

bull

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noun \ˈbu̇l\

Definition of bull for Students

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



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