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Dictionary Definition



1 uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle
2 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" [syn: bruiser, strapper, Samson]
3 obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull" [syn: bullshit, Irish bull, horseshit, shit, crap, dogshit]
4 a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the assignment"
5 uncomplimentary terms for a policeman [syn: cop, copper, fuzz, pig]
6 an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later [ant: bear]
7 (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus [syn: Taurus]
8 the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20 [syn: Taurus, Taurus the Bull]
9 the center of a target [syn: bull's eye]
10 a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla) [syn: papal bull]
11 mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle


1 push or force; "He bulled through his demands" [syn: bull through]
2 try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
3 talk through one's hat; "The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it" [syn: bullshit, fake]
4 advance in price; "stocks were bulling"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /bʊl/, /bUl/
  • Rhymes with: -ʊl

Etymology 1

etyl enm bul, from Late etyl ang bula (only used in place names), from etyl non boli. Cognate with German Bulle, Dutch bul.


  1. The adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
  2. In particular, the uncastrated adult male of domesticated cattle or oxen.
  3. A large, strong man.
  4. An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
  5. A policeman.
adult male animal
uncastrated adult male of cattle
large, strong man
finance: investor who buys in anticipation of a rise in prices
slang: policeman


  1. Large and strong, like a bull.
  1. Of large mammals, male.
    a bull elephant
  2. Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
large and strong
of a market in which prices are rising


  1. To force oneself (in a particur direction).
    He bulled his way in.
  2. To lie, to tell untruths.
  3. (British military) To polish boots to a high shine.
force oneself
to lie
See lie
polish boots to a high shine

Etymology 2

From bulle < bulle < Low bulla


  1. (also papal bull) An official document or edict from the Pope.
  2. A seal affixed to a document, especially a document from the Pope.


  1. to publish in a Papal bull (obsolete, 17th century)

Etymology 3

From etyl enm bull, of unknown origin. Possibly related to Old French boul, boule, bole . Popularly associated with bullshit.


  1. A lie.
  2. euphemistic informal Nonsense.


  1. to mock, cheat

Etymology 4

From etyl fro boule < etyl la bulla < .


  1. In the context of "16th century|obsolete": a bubble



  1. the agitation of a liquid which is boiling
  2. effervescence
  3. a type of pork sausage

Related terms





Extensive Definition

A Bull is an adult male of various large animal species including elk, moose, bovines (especially cattle), elephants, whales, seals, and sea lions.
Bull may also refer to:
Bull is the name of:

See also

bull in Czech: Bula
bull in German: Stier
bull in Esperanto: Buleo
bull in French: Bull (homonymie)
bull in Italian: Bolla
bull in Japanese: ブル
bull in Dutch: Bull
bull in Slovenian: Bik
bull in Finnish: Härkä
bull in Swedish: Tjur

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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