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

Other Words from bulldog


bulldogger noun
bulldogging noun

Examples of bulldog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another Villanova bulldog who can play on or off the ball and create his own shot and play-make for others. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, 18 Apr. 2022 According to the Macon Telegraph, the dog — an American bulldog/Great Pyrenees mix — has been taken into quarantine and will be tested for rabies. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, 24 Mar. 2022 After the sudden death of her only companion, her bulldog, Marisa decides to leave everything and travel to a refugee camp in Greece, where the children seem to need people exactly like her. Emiliano De Pablos, Variety, 15 Mar. 2022 Mellow is an English bulldog who was rescued from the meat trade in China. cleveland, 21 Feb. 2022 Her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Elizabeth Taylor, is nowhere to be seen, replaced instead with an as-yet-unnamed bulldog. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 2 Aug. 2021 On lots of walks with Richard Burton, her new bulldog named as a tribute to her beloved pooch Elizabeth Taylor and the real-life Taylor's two-time husband! Lanford Beard, PEOPLE.com, 9 Dec. 2021 Sadly, the bulldog was struck on the interstate after the crash; its body was discovered the next morning. Fox News, 6 Jan. 2022 Instead, Charlotte and her family are pet parents to a bulldog named Richard Burton — which is a clear nod to the group's former pet, as actor Richard Burton and actress Taylor starred in numerous films together and married and divorced twice. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 13 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Meanwhile, the Goliath in this power dynamic pays bulldog lawyers to shut people up, hires private investigators to dig up dirt on the person coming forward, and uses aggressive PR and connections at the top to feed stories to the media. Amber Scorah, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 There was the intimidating, bulldog-faced German supervisor who once saved her life, whisking her out of the infirmary after an SS inspector began sending sick patients to the gas chambers. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Hi Len, Great-looking Bakelite bulldog atop the umbrella! Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 Here, the bulldog Prime Minister is more spoken of than seen, played by a cranky, crusty Simon Russell Beale in just a couple of scenes. Guy Lodge, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 Watch this bulldog skate through the streets of Paris without a care in the world. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 The situation arises when a troupe of Russian gangsters, including boss Igor and his bulldog Roxy, step into Thomas Brenner’s taxi cab. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2022 The English bulldog puppy was reportedly taken from Petland on South Semoran Boulevard in July 2021. Fox News, 4 Jan. 2022 The study claims that even the healthiest of English bulldog puppies have a lifespan of less than 8 and a half years, with six being the average of a purebred. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 2 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wade Sumpter was the last repeat bulldogging champ in 2012. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2018 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Bulldog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldog. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bulldog


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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