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

Chrissy sang along, filming, while their bulldog, Pepper, found himself underfoot the dancing pair. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "'Chrissy Wonka'! Chrissy Teigen Makes Chocolate Bars with Luna for the ‘First and Last Time Ever’," 12 July 2019 Lavelle is also the proud owner of the closest thing the USWNT has to a mascot, her beloved bulldog Wilma. SI.com, "Meet the 23," 4 June 2019 The midfielder's bulldog, Wilma, has become one of the more celebrated members of the extended national team family during the ramp up to the World Cup. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Badgers alumna Rose Lavelle scores in first World Cup soccer game," 11 June 2019 The termites, like miniature bulldogs, bite the straw and hang on grimly as it is gently withdrawn. National Geographic, "Jane Goodall’s original tale of chimpanzees still astonishes today," 17 Apr. 2019 After Giolito won his eighth straight start Friday, White Sox postgame analyst Ozzie Guillen said Giolito reminded him of former teammate Jack McDowell, an apt comparison of two Sox starters who share the same bulldog DNA. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "The White Sox's character is coming through loud and clear against the Yankees — and they make no apologies for it," 15 June 2019 Durant’s presence opened things up for the Splash Brothers early, and then foul trouble to Fred VanVleet — Curry’s primary mark — made sure that the Raptors’ bulldog had to continue to give Curry distance. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The 3 things the Warriors must do to force a Game 7," 12 June 2019 Last year, a bulldog named Zsa Zsa took home the crown, and was launched into celebrity. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Could this dog from Maine be the ugliest in the world?," 10 June 2019 The prints feature a bulldog or pretzels, with more — tacos, avocado toast, and llamas, coming throughout the summer. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "After Having 2 Kids, Chrissy Teigen's Got the Best Parenting Philosophy," 29 Apr. 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

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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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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