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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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 This increasingly bullish outlook on the music industry is also helping certain music tech companies that are already public, but have struggled to convince investors of their vision. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "More Music Tech Companies Mulling IPO After Spotify's Smooth Debut -- But Is It Really a Good Idea?," 12 Apr. 2018 Attendence was boosted this year by higher oil prices, a bullish outlook on the overall economy and a growing interest in using technologies around oil and gas to improve operating and other efficiencies, a CERAWeek spokeswoman said. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "CERAWeek attendance hits 35-year record," 8 Mar. 2018 The relatively bullish outlook is based in part on a tentative recovery. The Economist, "Payday menderThe Japanese government’s drive to lift wages is gathering steam," 1 Feb. 2018 Photo: thomas white/Reuters Risk-reversals, which measure the difference in price between bullish and bearish bets on the yuan, have also fallen. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Currency Proves a Surprise Oasis of Calm," 8 Jan. 2019 Two kinds of hedge funds, in particular, dragged down the average performance: quantitative funds, which use complex trading algorithms, and long-short funds, which take both bullish and bearish positions in stocks. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Should Be Thriving Right Now. They Aren’t.," 12 July 2018 As Brent oil prices climb, money managers are feeling less and less bullish. Jessica Summers, Bloomberg.com, "Hedge Funds Keep Cutting Bets on Oil Rally as Oil Keeps Rallying," 21 May 2018 Trump on Wednesday offered a bullish view, insisting he's positioned to accomplish what his predecessors could not. Ben Westcott, CNN, "What US and North Korea mean when they talk about denuclearization," 20 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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