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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bull1 /bʊl/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
adj. [before a noun]
Businessmarked by rising prices, esp. of stocks: a bull market.
- Mammalsthe male of the cow family:The bull charged the matador in the arena.
- Mammalsthe male of certain other animals, as the elephant:the bull elephants.
- a person who believes that stock prices will increase:The bulls went on a spree today, and the stock market soared.Compare bear.
bull2 /bʊl/USA pronunciation
- Idioms bull in a china shop, an awkward or clumsy person:He was like a bull in a china shop at that party, tripping over guests and getting in the way.
- Idiomstake the bull by the horns, to attack a difficult or risky problem boldly:He decided to take the bull by the horns and confront his boss.
bull3 /bʊl/USA pronunciation
Religiona formal document issued by a pope:the papal bull.
nonsense:That story about his rescuing those flyers was complete bull.
v. [~ + object]
Slang Termsto try to fool or impress by lies or exaggeration:Don't bull me; just tell me what's going on.
- Idioms, Slang Terms shoot the bull, to engage in friendly, easygoing conversation:We sat around all night shooting the bull.
of, pertaining to, or resembling a bull, as in strength.
having to do with or marked by a continuous trend of rising prices, as of stocks:a bull market.
[Stock Exchange.]to attempt to raise the price of.
to speculate in, in expectation of a rise in price.
to force; shove:to bull one's way through a crowd.
[Naut.]to ram (a buoy).
- the male of a bovine animal, esp. of the genus Bos, with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction.
- the male of certain other animals, as the elephant and moose.
- a large, solidly built person.
- a person who believes that market prices, esp. of stocks, will increase (opposed to bear).
- (cap.)[Astron., Astrol.]the constellation or sign of Taurus.
- a bulldog.
- [Slang.]a police officer.
bull in a china shop:
- an awkward or clumsy person.
- an inconsiderate or tactless person.
- a troublemaker;
- take the bull by the horns, to attack a difficult or risky problem fearlessly.
Middle English bule, Old English bula;
akin to Old Norse boli;
- a bulla or seal.
- [Rom. Cath. Ch.]a formal papal document having a bulla attached.
(bŏŏl), n. [Slang.]
- Medieval Latin bulla seal, sealed document; see bulla
- Middle English bulle 1250–1300
- Slang Termsexaggerations;
- Slang Termsshoot the bull, to talk aimlessly:We just sat around shooting the bull.
- Medieval Latin bulla play, game, jest, perh. special use of Latin bulla bubble; now generally taken as a euphemistic shortening of bullshit
MonarchyJohn. See John Bull.
(ō′lə bor′nə män′),
1810–80, Norwegian violinist and composer.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bull /bʊl/ n
- any male bovine animal, esp one that is sexually mature
- the male of various other animals including the elephant and whale
- a very large, strong, or aggressive person
- a speculator who buys in anticipation of rising prices in order to make a profit on resale
- (as modifier): a bull market
- chiefly Brit
short for bull's-eye, bull's-eye
short for bullshit
- a bull in a china shop ⇒ a clumsy person
- take the bull by the horns ⇒ to face and tackle a difficulty without shirking
Etymology: Old English bula, from Old Norse boli; related to Middle Low German bulle, Middle Dutch bolle
- male; masculine: a bull elephant
- large; strong
bull /bʊl/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: of uncertain origin
- a ludicrously self-contradictory or inconsistent statement
bull /bʊl/ n
Etymology: 13th Century: from Medieval Latin bulla seal attached to a bull, from Latin: round object
- a formal document issued by the pope, written in antiquated characters and often sealed with a leaden bulla
Bull /bʊl/ n
- the Bull ⇒ the constellation Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac
Bull /bʊl/ n
- John. 1563–1628, English composer and organist
- See John Bull