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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Those who remain are the most bullish on the president. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Kevin McCarthy finally gets to be the top House Republican — but in the minority," 14 Nov. 2018 Marc Elias, an elections lawyer working for the Nelson campaign, is bullish that the Democrat will win after the process moves to a hand recount. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Florida Recounts Begin as Both Sides Dig In for Fight," 11 Nov. 2018 What happens when art enters an unregulated, bullish market with no ceiling on price, and no clarity around what is prized and what is ignored? Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "The Price of Everything,," 18 Oct. 2018 While bond markets seem worried about Tesla, stock traders still seem fairly bullish. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla’s cash crunch, explained," 26 July 2018 Magic officials are far more bullish on Augustin, a 30-year-old who has played for eight different NBA teams, than fans seem to be. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic Mailbag: What’s the deal with Orlando’s point guard situation?," 12 July 2018 Heymann, the William Blair analyst, remains bullish on the stock. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "GE is dropped from Dow Jones industrial average," 19 June 2018 Perhaps no one is more bullish on what the region has to offer than James. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "KC Mayor Sly James talks about possible NBA, NHL team in Kansas City," 13 June 2018 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

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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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