bull·​ish | \ ˈbu̇-lish also ˈbə- How to pronounce bullish (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But long-term, Tsien said, GM is bullish on its business in China. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Scale of coronavirus too big for GM to escape unscathed, experts warn," 11 Feb. 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar is bullish on her party’s prospects of unseating GOP Texas Sen. John Cornyn. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Biden’s lead among Texas voters grows, Iowa caucus snafu, impeachment trial winds down, Ellis becomes sanctuary ‘county’ for unborn," 4 Feb. 2020 Possession and shot-quality analytics are not in support of Chicago’s recent surge and those same peripherals are bullish on Toronto despite the Maple Leafs going just 1-4 over their last five games. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs odds, picks and best bets," 18 Jan. 2020 In fact, Bloomberg Intelligence estimates Slack could generate up to 65% of their revenue in the next year from free-to-premium conversion—something investors bullish on the workplace communication system should keep an eye on. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "4 Things Investors Need to Know About Slack's Direct Listing," 19 June 2019 Younger voters, likely those who have friends who support Sanders, were much more bullish on his chances, often citing the allure of what the candidate calls free college. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "'Bernie definitely concerns me': Trump supporters take Sanders challenge seriously," 31 Jan. 2020 This helps explain why investors are broadly bullish on VW. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "No, Tesla Isn’t Bigger Than Volkswagen," 24 Jan. 2020 Goldman Sachs is more bullish, with a target of 3,400, but that would still be less than a quarter of this year’s gain. Washington Post, "After ebullient 2019, Wall Street warns of slower road ahead," 19 Dec. 2019 McGuinness insists the move isn’t a defensive one, and that Chobani is still bullish on yogurt. Dee-ann Durbin, chicagotribune.com, "What’s for breakfast? Increasingly, it’s not yogurt, as sales sour.," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bullish

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bullish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullish. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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