bulldog

noun
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

bulldog

adjective

Definition of bulldog (Entry 2 of 3)

: suggestive of a bulldog bulldog tenacity

bulldog

verb
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

Verb

bulldogger noun
bulldogging noun

Examples of bulldog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Before the fire trucks arrived, Vanasse’s sister was able to drive off with her bulldog, but Vanasse turned back to rescue an absent neighbor’s elderly poodle. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Cause of massive North Queen Anne lumber yard fire remains under investigation," 13 Nov. 2018 She was then thrown her own beach party at the Marino Lounge dog-friendly cafe at New Brighton, on the Merseyside coast, along with her bulldog boyfriend, Frank, and Frank's owner, Toni Green. Fox News, "Britain’s ‘most pampered’ dog ‘owns’ three cars, a boat and 65 outfits," 21 July 2018 Teigen’s children and husband and even Paul the bulldog live partly in public (one current headache: brands sending unsolicited clothing for Luna and Miles, which Teigen passes along to charity). Gillian Laab, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen on Kanye, Getting Blocked by Trump, and Actually Caring About Her Comments," 16 Oct. 2018 While Kavanaugh was one of the bulldogs of the Starr investigation, Kethledge was a Senate Judiciary Committee staffer under Michigan Republican Spencer Abraham. Dara Lind, Vox, "If Republicans sour on Kavanaugh, here are 4 alternatives waiting in the wings," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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

Noun

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1816, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bulldog was circa 1518

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More Definitions for bulldog

bulldog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bulldog

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

bulldog

noun
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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