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.

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Bart Chilton, a former top derivatives regulator who criticized high-frequency trading but was bullish on the rise of cryptocurrencies, has died at the age of 58. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Former Derivatives Regulator Bart Chilton Dies at 58," 29 Apr. 2019 That’s a lot for the Warriors to worry about — and don’t forget guard Jrue Holiday, getting long-overdue recognition as a bullish force to the basket and a relentless defender. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "For the Warriors, a stiffer test ahead," 20 Apr. 2018 The move illustrates the increasingly bullish outlook for the Arab music market as Saudi Arabia... Rory Jones, WSJ, "Warner Music Seeks Stake in Saudi Record Label," 28 Feb. 2019 Generally, stock market watchers appear bullish on U.S. equities as market fundamentals including unemployment, company earnings, and GDP both in the U.S. and globally remain strong. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "What Investors Can Expect After the Biggest One-Day Selloff in History," 6 Feb. 2018 The stakes for his party are high as Republicans approach an election season with Democrats increasingly bullish about their prospects of winning back one or both houses of Congress. Karen Tumulty, Washington Post, "Trump’s first State of the Union: Can a divisive president flip the script?," 27 Jan. 2018 Wong said his company remains bullish on Portland's prospects for new hotels. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Hyatt Place hotel proposed in Portland's Pearl District," 13 June 2018 Investors broadly remain bullish on stocks and other investments, aided by an upbeat U.S. jobs report on Friday. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Warren goes on attack over Dodd-Frank rollback," 12 Mar. 2018 Consumers have not been backing up their bullish outlooks at the cash register. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Did the retail consumer come out of hiding in March? Monday report should offer clues," 16 Apr. 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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