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

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

That probably comes from having so many bulldogs together. Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen on Diapers, Parenthood, and How She Silences Mommy Shamers," 30 Apr. 2019 United temporarily halted transporting pets after the death of a 10-month-old French bulldog on March 12 on a flight from Houston to New York — a story that went viral on social media. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "United Airlines bans dozens of dog and cat breeds from cargo hold under new pet travel policy," 2 May 2018 According to Entertainment Weekly, his bulldog, Meatball, was also in attendance and dressed like Adam in a black tux. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Adam Sandler and His Wife Jackie Met in the Craziest Way," 4 May 2019 And in Luna’s kitchen, pets are allowed—Teigen also showed her daughter lovingly pulling their pet bulldog inside on Instagram Stories. Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen’s Daughter Is Already, Adorably Following in Her Mom’s Chef Footsteps," 29 Mar. 2019 Regarding Monday’s incident, the airline told The Associated Press that the attendant didn’t realize a dog was inside the pet carrier, but passengers reported the bulldog barked for more than 30 minutes inside the bin before falling silent. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Pets rarely die on planes, but it’s most common on United flights, data shows," 15 Mar. 2018 The short-nosed breeds include bulldogs, boxers, pugs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, mastiffs, Shih tzus, and others. Martine Powers, chicagotribune.com, "More dogs die on United than on any other airline. Here's why.," 6 Apr. 2018 The third place winner surprised me a bit—the chihuahua, which is a big small and timid for my taste—but number four, the English bulldog, is a return to the trend. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "most popular dog breeds on Instagram," 30 Nov. 2018 This summer, Josh posted a sweet birthday message to his 10-year-old English bulldog, Sadie (who, incidentally, has her own Instagram). Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Meet Hallmark's ‘Time For Me to Come Home for Christmas’ Star Josh Henderson," 9 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Bulldog pitchers also hit two Tiger batters for a grand total of 13 free passes. Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com, "Patience at the plate pushes LSU to SEC West championship," 20 May 2017 Bulldog boys and girls will host Classical Academy Thursday with the seniors being honored prior to the competition. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Prep Swimming: Bulldog boys score decisive league win," 26 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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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