Definitions for bullˈbʊlˌʃɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the male of a bovine mammal, esp. of the genus Bos, with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction.

    Category: Mammals

  2. the male of certain other animals, as the elephant and moose.

    Category: Mammals

  3. a large, solidly built person.

  4. a person who believes that stock prices will increase

    Ref: (opposed to bear 2 4 ).

  5. (cap.) Taurus .

  6. a bulldog.

  7. Slang. a police officer.

  8. (adj.)male.

  9. pertaining to or resembling a bull, as in size or strength.

  10. marked by rising prices, esp. of stocks:

    a bull market.

    Category: Business

  11. (v.t.)to accomplish by forcing or shoving:

    to bull one's way through a crowd.

Idioms for bull:

  1. take the bull by the horns,to attack a difficult or risky problem fearlessly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of bull:

1150–1200; ME bule, OE bula; akin to ON boli; see bullock



  1. a formal papal document having a bulla attached.

    Category: Religion

Origin of bull:

1250–1300; ME bulle < AF < ML bulla seal; see bulla


  1. exaggerations; lies; nonsense.

    Category: Status (usage)

  2. (v.i.)to engage in foolish or exaggerated talk.

    Category: Status (usage)

  3. (v.t.)to try to fool or impress by lies or exaggeration.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of bull:

1600–10; taken as euphemism for bullshit


  1. John, John Bull.

    Category: Biography


  1. bulletin.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bull(noun)

    uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle

  2. bull, bruiser, strapper, Samson(noun)

    a large and strong and heavyset man

    "he was a bull of a man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got"

  3. bullshit, bull, Irish bull, horseshit, shit, crap, dogshit(noun)

    obscene words for unacceptable behavior

    "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"

  4. bull(noun)

    a serious and ludicrous blunder

    "he made a bad bull of the assignment"

  5. bull, cop, copper, fuzz, pig(noun)

    uncomplimentary terms for a policeman

  6. bull(noun)

    an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later

  7. Taurus, Bull(noun)

    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus

  8. Taurus, Taurus the Bull, Bull(noun)

    the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20

  9. bull's eye, bull(noun)

    the center of a target

  10. bull, papal bull(noun)

    a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)

  11. bull(verb)

    mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle

  12. bull, bull through(verb)

    push or force

    "He bulled through his demands"

  13. bull(verb)

    try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying

  14. talk through one's hat, bullshit, bull, fake(verb)

    speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths

    "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"

  15. bull(verb)

    advance in price

    "stocks were bulling"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bull(noun)ˈbʊlˌʃɪt

    a male cow

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bull(noun)

    the male of any species of cattle (Bovidae); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale

  2. Bull(noun)

    one who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action

  3. Bull(noun)

    taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac

  4. Bull(noun)

    a constellation of the zodiac between Aries and Gemini. It contains the Pleiades

  5. Bull(noun)

    one who operates in expectation of a rise in the price of stocks, or in order to effect such a rise. See 4th Bear, n., 5

  6. Bull(adj)

    of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce

  7. Bull(verb)

    to be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do

  8. Bull(verb)

    to endeavor to raise the market price of; as, to bull railroad bonds; to bull stocks; to bull Lake Shore; to endeavor to raise prices in; as, to bull the market. See 1st Bull, n., 4

  9. Bull(verb)

    a seal. See Bulla

  10. Bull(verb)

    a letter, edict, or respect, of the pope, written in Gothic characters on rough parchment, sealed with a bulla, and dated "a die Incarnationis," i. e., "from the day of the Incarnation." See Apostolical brief, under Brief

  11. Bull(verb)

    a grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression; so called, perhaps, from the apparent incongruity between the dictatorial nature of the pope's bulls and his professions of humility

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bull

    an edict of the Pope, so called from a leaden seal attached to it.


  1. Sacred bull

    The worship of the Sacred Bull throughout the ancient world is most familiar to the Western world in the biblical episode of the idol of the Golden Calf. The Golden Calf after being made by the Hebrew people in the wilderness of Sinai, were rejected and destroyed by Moses and the Hebrew people after Moses' time upon Mount Sinai. Marduk is the "bull of Utu". Shiva's steed is Nandi, the Bull. The sacred bull survives in the constellation Taurus. The bull, whether lunar as in Mesopotamia or solar as in India, is the subject of various other cultural and religious incarnations, as well as modern mentions in new age cultures.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bull' in Nouns Frequency: #2729

Translations for bull

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the male of the ox family and of the whale, walrus, elephant etc.

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