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 Her missing out means an apparently easy path to victory for Dern, who wowed the Netflix crowd as a bulldog-tough divorce attorney, a performance that's a joy to behold. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Oscar predictions: Who will win Academy Awards – and who should," 4 Feb. 2020 Looking down from the office wall is a portrait of Winston Churchill, a figure Moynihan loves to read about and a fellow bulldog who battled his way through dark days. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "How Bank of America’s CEO Brian Moynihan orchestrated one of the biggest comebacks in banking history," 28 Jan. 2020 There is the Marine Corps emblem, the Corps’ mascot, a bulldog and the Camp Pendleton logo. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Artist donates mural to Camp Pendleton’s Armed Services YMCA," 24 Sep. 2019 DoveLewis emergency animal hospital has reached a settlement with the Ackley family over the death of their bulldog Roscoe. oregonlive, "DoveLewis settles with family over death of bulldog," 23 Jan. 2020 Vikki Seifert had just dropped off her bulldog, Minni, at Las Vegas PetSmart salon for a post-Christmas bath and nail trim when the 2-year-old pup was crushed to death by a grooming table, according to KVVU-TV. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Pet Owner Left Devastated After Her Bulldog Was Crushed to Death by a Grooming Table at PetSmart," 9 Jan. 2020 Just a straight bulldog who is all about competing and challenging the opponent with physicality and intensity. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Suns Tuesdays: Mark Bryant grinding; Monty Williams right coach; Booker vs. Beverley; Josh Jackson in G-League," 29 Oct. 2019 By then, Frank King had called Kaltenmark with news of another litter of bulldogs. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Butler mascot Trip and handler Michael Kaltenmark will retire," 22 Oct. 2019 The owner of the bulldog managed to pull her animal back onto her property. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "English bulldog attacks smaller dog: Berea Police Blotter," 11 Oct. 2019 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 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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bulldog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldog. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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