What does bull mean?

Definitions for bullˈbʊlˌʃɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bull.

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"

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bull

    bool, n. the male of the ox kind: an old male whale, fur-seal, &c.: a sign of the zodiac: one who tries artificially and unduly to raise the price of stocks, and speculates on a rise.—adj. denoting largeness of size—used in composition, as bull-trout: favourable to the bulls, rising.—v.t. to try to raise, as the price of shares, artificially: to copulate with a cow, of a bull.—v.i. to be in heat, of a cow.—ns. Bull′-baiting, the sport of baiting or exciting bulls with dogs; Bull′-bat (U.S.), the night-hawk or goat-sucker; Bull′-beef, the beef or flesh of bulls, coarse beef: (Shak., in pl.) Bull′-beeves; Bull′-begg′ar, a hobgoblin, &c.; Bull′-calf, a male calf: a stupid fellow, a lout; Bull′-dance, a dance of men only; Bull′dog, a breed of dogs of great courage, formerly used for baiting bulls, its general appearance that of a smooth-coated, compact dog, low in stature, but broad and powerful, with a massive head, large in proportion to its body: a person of obstinate courage: a short-barrelled revolver of large calibre: a proctor's attendant at Oxford and Cambridge.—v.t. Bull′-dose (U.S.) to intimidate, bully: flog.—n. Bull′-dōs′er.—adj. Bull′-faced, having a large face.—ns. Bull′-fight, a popular spectacle in Spain, in which a bull is goaded to fury in a kind of circus by mounted picadores armed with lances, and finally despatched by a specially skilful espada or swordsman; Bull′-fight′er; Bull′-finch, a species of red-breasted finch a little larger than the common linnet, closely allied to the grossbeaks and crossbills: a kind of hedge hard to jump; Bull′-frog, a large North American frog.—adj. Bull′-front′ed, having a front or forehead like a bull.—n. Bull′-head, or Miller's Thumb, a small river fish remarkable for its large, flat head.—adj. Bull′-head′ed, impetuous and obstinate.—n. Bull′-head′edness.—adj. Bull′ish.—ns. Bull′ock, an ox or castrated bull; Bull′-roar′er, a provincial English name for a boy's plaything, made of an oblong piece of wood, to one end of which a string is tied, then twisted tightly round the finger, when the whole is whirled rapidly round and round until a loud and peculiar whirring noise is produced—the native Australian turndun, the rhombos of the Greek mysteries; Bull's′-eye, the central boss formed in making a sheet of blown glass (hence adj. Bull's′-eyed), a round piece of glass in a lantern, a policeman's lantern, a round opening or window: the centre of a target, of a different colour from the rest, and usually round: a thick lump of coloured or striped candy; Bull′-terr′ier, a species of dog, a cross-breed between the bulldog and the terrier; Bull′-trout, a large trout of the salmon genus, also migratory in its habits,

  2. Bull

    bool, n. an edict of the pope which has his seal affixed.—adj. Bullan′ticn. Bull′ary, a collection of papal bulls. [L. bulla, a knob, a leaden seal.]

  3. Bull

    bool, n. a ludicrous blunder in speech implying some obvious absurdity or contradiction, often said to be an especial prerogative of Irishmen—'I was a fine child, but they changed me.' [Prob. O. Fr. boul, cheat.]

  4. Bull

    bool, n. drink made by pouring water into a cask that had held liquor.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bull

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

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bull in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bull in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Pat Keon:

    People are looking for yield, it's a bull market, but a bull market without much enthusiasm.

  2. Jeff Coons:

    These strategies have not helped in the bull market but tough times will be the litmus test.

  3. Josh Billings:

    Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail then you can let go when you want to.

  4. Ernest Hemingway:

    Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports. . . all others are games.

  5. W. C. Fields:

    There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.

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