What does bull mean?

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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"


  1. Bull

    A bull is an intact (i.e., not castrated) adult male of the species Bos taurus (cattle). More muscular and aggressive than the female of the species, the cow, the bull has long been an important symbol in many cultures, and plays a significant role in both beef ranching and dairy farming, and in a variety of other cultural activities.

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bull

    An old male whale. Also, a small keg; also the weak grog made by pouring water into a spirit-cask nearly empty.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bull

    A fort which the English possessed in Canada, and which constituted one of their military depots; it was captured by the French, March 27, 1756.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Bull

    A papal edict, so called on account of the bulla, or seal.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of bull in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Saut:

    I think Nasdaq will test and probably achieve higher highs than we did in 2000 because I think we're in a secular bull market that has another eight to 10 years left to run.

  2. Blake Stewart:

    He had the opportunity to grab this bull by the horns, but instead he let it run us all over, he abdicated his responsibility at the outset. If he had said,' Let's take a strong lockdown approach and everything should be closed for two and a half months,' we wouldn't be in this situation.

  3. Stephen Acciani:

    This is bull, they are not selling unsafe medications.

  4. Mike Loewengart:

    We're seven years into the secular bull market and equities in particular have had a strong run.


    Most people live sad lives because they have they have succeeded in designing and perfecting a path to sorrow thinking they are building a road to happiness. I will be happy if I befriend or even marry this rich fool, if I buy this worthless tool, if I sit on this corrupted stool, if I drown and kill myself in a debt pool, if I wear this dirty wool, if I ride on this dangerous bull.

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