bull

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noun (1)

ˈbu̇l How to pronounce bull (audio)
ˈbəl
1
a
: a male bovine
especially : an adult uncastrated male domestic bovine
b
: a usually adult male of various large animals (such as elephants, whales, or seals)
2
: one who buys securities or commodities in expectation of a price rise or who acts to effect such a rise compare bear
3
: one that resembles a bull (as in brawny physique)
4
5
6
capitalized : taurus

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adjective

1
a
: of or relating to a bull
b
: male
a bull calf
c
: suggestive of a bull
2
: large of its kind
a bull lathe

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verb (1)

bulled; bulling; bulls

intransitive verb

: to advance forcefully

transitive verb

1
: to act on with violence
2
: force
bulled his way through the crowd

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noun (2)

1
: a solemn papal letter sealed with a bulla or with a red-ink imprint of the device on the bulla
2

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verb (2)

bulled; bulling; bulls

transitive verb

slang : to fool especially by fast boastful talk

intransitive verb

slang : to engage in idle and boastful talk

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noun (3)

1
: a grotesque blunder in language
2
slang : empty boastful talk
3

bull

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abbreviation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The 18-year-old unvaccinated bull rider who died from a rare disease. Angelo Fichera, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Feb. 2023 EGERTON Paul ran at the darkness of that part like a charging bull rather than try to soften it or sentimentalize it or romanticize it, or try to make it in any way Hollywood. Scott Huver, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Dec. 2022 The allegations illustrate ways in which the overlap of social media and investing can turn ugly—and how several of the bull-market shams that flourished since 2020 have been coming undone this year. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2022 Much like the bull that symbolizes Taurus, these spring babies do tend to be stubborn, but such a trait is probably an asset for this determined bunch. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2022 Eidinger, like the satyr, simultaneously invades, ridicules, and exalts the theatrical effort, charging through the play like a bull in a Shakespeare shop. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2022 He’s been described as a guy who plays like a bull in a China shop, and one who already has good hand control and can easily displace opposing lineman. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 19 July 2022 Nessler, a mechanical engineer by trade, has even built a few contraptions that exist nowhere else in the country, like a surfboard simulator on pistons that rages like a mechanical bull to mimic riding a wave. Noah Lederman, Outside Online, 17 May 2022 Even then, Kerr said on Monday, the future Dallas Mavericks point guard was built like a bull. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2022
Adjective
By the next day’s morning, Cramer appeared to reverse that reversal in a comment on a post by Bitcoin ultra-bull Anthony Pompliano. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 24 June 2021 Brent Thill of Jefferies is the only non-bull on MicroStrategy, rating the stock hold with a $180 price target. Subrat Patnaik, Bloomberg.com, 23 June 2022 As a Bitcoin super-bull, Beard naturally sees his favorite far outperforming the S&P 500 and NASDAQ in the years ahead. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2022
Verb
Ace Gerrit Cole would have to bull through another batter. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2022 But in the backstretch Reed saw that decision had been a mistake, when his colt was fighting Leon and trying to bull his way to the rail. New York Times, 11 June 2022 His colleagues’ response has been to bull ahead as if Mr. Manchin doesn’t mean it. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 Moments before intermission, Sabonis passed up an open 3 and tried to bull his way inside and threw up a prayer that didn't have a chance. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Mar. 2021 In this combination photo, Hunt (left) seemed to hit, push and bull through all 11 Bengals defenders for a touchdown. cleveland, 15 Jan. 2021 Neal Brown watched Ebner zig, zag and bull his way to four touchdowns in Baylor’s opener, leaving West Virginia’s coach with the task of devising a plan to slow him down. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 3 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English bule, from Old English bula; akin to Old Norse boli bull

Noun (2)

Middle English bulle, from Medieval Latin bulla, from Latin, bubble, amulet

Noun (3)

perhaps from obsolete bull to mock

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1884, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (3)

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bull was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

bull

noun
ˈbu̇l
1
a
: an adult male bovine animal
b
: an adult male of some other large animals (as an elephant, a moose, or a whale)
2
: a person who buys stocks or bonds in the expectation that the price will go up compare bear sense 3
3
slang : police officer
bull adjective
bullish
-ish
adjective

Biographical Definition

Bull

biographical name

Ole ˈō-lə How to pronounce Bull (audio) Bornemann 1810–1880 Norwegian violinist

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