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bulldog

noun bull·dog \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdȯg also ˈbəl- \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of bulldog

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

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First Known Use of bulldog

circa 1518

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bulldog

adjective

Definition of bulldog

: suggestive of a bulldog
  • bulldog tenacity

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First Known Use of bulldog

1816

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bulldog

verb

Definition of bulldog

bulldogged; bulldogging; bulldogs
: to throw (a steer) by seizing the horns and twisting the neck

bulldogger

noun

bulldogging

noun

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First Known Use of bulldog

1905

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BULLDOG Defined for English Language Learners

bulldog

Definition of bulldog for English Language Learners

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


BULLDOG Defined for Kids

bulldog

noun bull·dog \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdȯg \

Definition of bulldog for Students

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


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