bull·ish | \ˈbu̇-lish also ˈbə- \

Definition of bullish 

1 : suggestive of a bull (as in brawniness)

2a : marked by, tending to cause, or hopeful of rising prices (as in a stock market) a bullish market bullish policies bullish investors

b : optimistic about something's or someone's prospects bullish on the company's future

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Other Words from bullish

bullishly adverb
bullishness noun

Examples of bullish in a Sentence

Members of her party are bullish about her reelection. They are bullish about the future of the product.

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Carrefour in particular has been bullish on cost-cutting and expansion in overseas markets such as China and Brazil in order to counter this threat. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Why 2 of the World's Biggest Supermarkets Are Joining Together to Buy Groceries," 2 July 2018 In the Marquette poll, most Democrats were wary of the project and most Republicans were bullish. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn looms as election wild card in Wisconsin for Scott Walker," 27 June 2018 His response to these criticisms has been bullish to say the least. SI.com, "Marco Silva Assures Everton Fans He Wants to Make Toffees 'Stable' After Short-Lived Watford Spell," 5 June 2018 Even though Al-Falih's comments brought about an immediate price reaction, there are still reasons for people to be bullish as traders await the impact of U.S. sanctions against Iran and wider political tensions in the Middle East. Houston Chronicle, "Under pressure from Trump, Saudis put brakes on oil price rally," 25 May 2018 Margaret Anadu, the urban investment group’s managing director, was touring Baltimore on Tuesday and said that the global investment banking firm remains bullish on Port Covington. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "New Port Covington buildings, bond sale on the drawing board," 3 Apr. 2018 Credit fans still have plenty of reasons to be bullish. Sid Verma, Bloomberg.com, "Investors Pare Back $1 Trillion Bond Bet," 15 Mar. 2018 Justify had come out of the race in good shape and Bob was very bullish on the future. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Leftovers from a wet and foggy Preakness," 21 May 2018 On March 9, 2009, the stock market didn’t feel very bullish. Rob Curran, WSJ, "Test Your Smarts on...Stock-Market Cycles," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of bullish

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bullish

: hopeful or confident that something or someone will be successful : optimistic about the future of something or someone

: expecting the price of stocks to go up : characterized by rising stock prices

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