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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Momtchil Pojarliev, deputy head of currencies at BNP Paribas Asset Management, has also become more bullish on the U.S. currency this month, encouraged by cautious signals from global central banks. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Strong Dollar Casts Shadow Over Stock Market Rally," 12 Feb. 2019 The party faithful are more bullish on the question of jobs, with 64 percent responding that the situation will be good for employment. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Voters already fear economic pain from Trump's trade war," 9 July 2018 At $500, Ives is more bullish than other analysts on Netflix and has the highest price target of any of the 40 analysts tracking the company. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Netflix Stock Price Could Hit $500, Analyst Says," 19 June 2018 Another encouraging sign to bullish investors: U.S. inventories are finally starting to drop. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "A Forgettable Year for Energy Stocks Takes Another Turn Lower," 20 Dec. 2018 In 2018, some cities remained bullish on driverless tech. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 McCarthy was bullish about Republicans chances in the midterms. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How Kevin McCarthy led California Republicans astray," 30 Nov. 2018 Sources within Roscosmos tell Popular Mechanics that over the past few months, Russian specialists have worked on a new lunar exploration concept, making Rogozin feel bullish about the future. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Riled Up About Being Left Behind in Space," 10 Oct. 2018 Morgan Stanley, led by analyst Adam Jonas, cut its price target on Tesla shares by 23%, a notable action by a firm that has historically taken a bullish position in the electric automaker led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "4 Reasons Why Morgan Stanley Slashed Tesla's Price Target By 23%," 15 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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