bull·​dog | \ˈbu̇l-ˌdȯg 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

However, the airline has also implemented restrictions on certain dog breeds—including pugs, bulldogs, and some spaniels—due to safety concerns. Marie Salcido, Sunset, "Airlines Are Changing Their Pet Policies," 22 Jan. 2018 The lab/bulldog/hound mix could have been serving a life sentence in a shelter after his owner was sent to prison without the possibility of parole last year. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Santee firefighter's dog Victor goes from rescued to rescuer," 5 July 2018 The loving American bulldog is four-years-old and quite possibly the goofiest pup currently at AHS. azcentral, "Rescue animals available for adoption this week in Metro Phoenix," 25 May 2018 That professional association has proved to be repeatedly problematic for Rhoades, who is married to bulldog U.S. Atty. Greg Braxton, latimes.com, "Lawyers, kink and money: Maggie Siff finds her richest role yet in Showtime's ‘Billions’," 4 May 2018 An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title," 24 June 2018 An Indiana man has been accused of stealing a missing English bulldog whose skateboarding videos earned him online celebrity. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Missing Bulldog Whose Skateboarding Videos Went Viral Was Allegedly Stolen by Indiana Man," 17 Apr. 2018 The average life expectancy for bulldogs, according to the American Kennel Club, is eight to 10 years. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, "Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog, ‘World’s Ugliest Dog,’ Dies at 9," 10 July 2018 The third colorway of the LS2 is called Zeus, after Harden's pet bulldog that passed away a few years ago. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "With adidas James Harden has plenty of room to create," 4 July 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 \

Kids Definition of bulldog

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

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