bull·​dog | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdȯg How to pronounce bulldog (audio) also ˈbəl- \

Definition of bulldog

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of a breed of compact muscular short-haired dogs having widely separated forelegs and an undershot lower jaw that were developed in England to fight bulls
2 : a handgun with a thick usually short barrel
3 : a proctor's attendant at an English university



Definition of bulldog (Entry 2 of 3)

: suggestive of a bulldog bulldog tenacity


bulldogged; bulldogging; bulldogs

Definition of bulldog (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to throw (a steer) by seizing the horns and twisting the neck

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Other Words from bulldog


bulldogger noun
bulldogging noun

Examples of bulldog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Free time was spent taking his English bulldog, Rocco, for walks, playing video games, reading about some of his favorite history topics and catching sea bass off the coast of Dana Point. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Klay Thompson's latest injury rehab is different in one key way for Warriors," 11 Feb. 2021 The Sewards’ bulldog, Watch, mistaking them for intruders, bit one of the men. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, "The Pre-Civil War Fight Against White Supremacy," 18 Jan. 2021 Police are trying to track down three men who broke into a woman’s home, tied her hands and stole her belongings — including her beloved English bulldog. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Armed robbers broke into a home and stole an English bulldog, police say," 3 Dec. 2020 The men rummaged through the victim’s house and took electronics, jewelry and her dog, Goku, a Lilac Tri-Color English bulldog, police said. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Armed robbers broke into a home and stole an English bulldog, police say," 3 Dec. 2020 On Halloween, Chase and Sadie dressed their English bulldog Dubs up as a unicorn. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Chase and Sadie: Their love story was supposed to have ended; it hasn't," 3 Dec. 2020 Among names mentioned have been former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, a former Wadsworth mayor who ran briefly for governor in 2018, or U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a bulldog for Trump's agenda in Congress. Andrew Welsh-huggins And Julie Carr Smyth, Star Tribune, "Ohio Republican governor tweaked by Trump, praised by Biden," 16 Nov. 2020 Investigators said the bulldog, named Achilles, was found in a rusted crate that was filled with the pet’s waste. Marc Freeman, sun-sentinel.com, "A mom will explain how her 7-pound girl starved to death. The dad faces the death penalty.," 13 Nov. 2020 Like Bevo spotting a helpless bulldog, Ossai blitzed through the barricade and tripped up Sanders for the game-winning sack, stunning the 14,672 in attendance. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas secures season-saving upset over No. 6 Oklahoma State in overtime," 31 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Jamal Sumlin, a 6-foot-1 junior with offers from Akron and Cleveland State, played his usual bulldog defense and was a willing passer. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, "Ypsi Prep and Emoni Bates scheduled to face Lake Norman and Mikey Williams," 23 Jan. 2021 Mixon was a bulldog salesman, said J.B. Richey, an engineer who designed Technicare products and later partnered with Mixon and other investors at Invacare. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Longtime chairman and CEO of Invacare, A. Malachi ‘Mal’ Mixon III has died," 1 Dec. 2020 Ennis also showed off his defensive skill and bulldog mentality during the team’s first-round playoff series in defending Bucks guard Khris Middleton. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic forward James Ennis reportedly will pass on his player option for next season and enter free agency," 17 Nov. 2020 The complaint is the latest allegation of misconduct against the onetime bulldog prosecutor who came under fire for his temper before resigning from the State Attorney’s Office in Hillsborough County in 2005. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida Bar asks Supreme Court to discipline ‘abusive’ insurance lawyer," 24 Oct. 2020 According to the petition, Wagner was on one knee shooting photos of Georgia’s English bulldog mascot, Uga X, before the Texas-Georgia game at the New Orleans Superdome on Jan. 1, 2019, when the steer, Bevo XV, charged at the dog. Dallas News, "Photographer sues Bevo’s owners, handlers over Texas mascot’s pre-Sugar Bowl charge in 2019," 21 Oct. 2020 The rig has a real bulldog-like stance, and part of that comes from the massive track width of 73 inches. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need To Know About the All-New Hummer EV," 21 Oct. 2020 Fred Wilpon was the tone setter, Katz was the financial expert and Jeff Wilpon, the bulldog administrator, became a lightning rod for frustrated fans who accused him of meddling too often in baseball affairs. David Waldstein, New York Times, "With Wilpons Set to Cede Control, the Mets End an Era of What-Ifs," 27 Sep. 2020 Teigen and Legend, 41, are also pet parents to French bulldogs Penny and Pippa and bulldog Pepper, as well as a hamster named Peanut Butter. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Introduces Her Family's 'Fabulous New Friends' — Pet Birds Jasmine and Aladdin!," 31 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sure the dog was wheezing, but that’s what bulldogs do. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Meet Butler basketball's newest bulldog mascot, Blue IV," 22 Jan. 2020 Wade Sumpter was the last repeat bulldogging champ in 2012. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Steer wrestler Stockton Graves wins Super Series IV as a call-up," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bulldog


circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1816, in the meaning defined above


1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bulldog was circa 1518

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25 Feb 2021

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“Bulldog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldog. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bulldog

: a short, strong, muscular dog with short hair, short legs, and a wide square head


bull·​dog | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdȯg How to pronounce bulldog (audio) \

Kids Definition of bulldog

: a dog of English origin with short hair and a stocky powerful build

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