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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
bull1 /bʊl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Mammalsthe male of the cow family:The bull charged the matador in the arena.
  2. Mammalsthe male of certain other animals, as the elephant:the bull elephants.
  3. a person who believes that stock prices will increase:The bulls went on a spree today, and the stock market soared.Compare bear.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. Businessmarked by rising prices, esp. of stocks: a bull market.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

bull2 /bʊl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Religiona formal document issued by a pope:the papal bull.

bull3 /bʊl/USA pronunciation   Slang.

n. [uncountable]
  1. Slang Termsexaggerations;
    nonsense:That story about his rescuing those flyers was complete bull.

v. [+ object]
  1. Slang Termsto try to fool or impress by lies or exaggeration:Don't bull me; just tell me what's going on.
  1. Idioms, Slang Terms shoot the bull, to engage in friendly, easygoing conversation:We sat around all night shooting the bull.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
bull1  (bŏŏl), 
  1. the male of a bovine animal, esp. of the genus Bos, with sexual organs intact and capable of reproduction.
  2. the male of certain other animals, as the elephant and moose.
  3. a large, solidly built person.
  4. a person who believes that market prices, esp. of stocks, will increase (opposed to bear).
  5. (cap.)[Astron., Astrol.]the constellation or sign of Taurus.
  6. a bulldog.
  7. [Slang.]a police officer.
  8. bull in a china shop: 
      • an awkward or clumsy person.
      • an inconsiderate or tactless person.
      • a troublemaker;
        dangerous person.
  9. take the bull by the horns, to attack a difficult or risky problem fearlessly.

  1. male.
  2. of, pertaining to, or resembling a bull, as in strength.
  3. having to do with or marked by a continuous trend of rising prices, as of stocks:a bull market.

  1. [Stock Exchange.]to attempt to raise the price of.
  2. to speculate in, in expectation of a rise in price.
  3. to force; shove:to bull one's way through a crowd.
  4. [Naut.]to ram (a buoy).
Middle English bule, Old English bula;
akin to Old Norse boli;
see bullock
bull-like′, adj. 

bull2  (bŏŏl), 
  1. a bulla or seal.
  2. [Rom. Cath. Ch.]a formal papal document having a bulla attached.
  • Medieval Latin bulla seal, sealed document; see bulla
  • Anglo-French
  • Middle English bulle 1250–1300

bull3  (bŏŏl), 
n. [Slang.]
  1. Slang Termsexaggerations;
  2. 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
  • 1620–30

Bull  (bŏŏl), 
  • MonarchyJohn. See John Bull. 

  • Bull  (bo̅o̅l), 
    n.  O•le (Bor•ne•mann)  lə bornə män′), 
    1810–80, Norwegian violinist and composer.

  • bulletin.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    bull /bʊl/ n
    1. any male bovine animal, esp one that is sexually mature
    2. the male of various other animals including the elephant and whale
    3. a very large, strong, or aggressive person
    4. a speculator who buys in anticipation of rising prices in order to make a profit on resale
    5. (as modifier): a bull market
      Compare bear1
    6. chiefly Brit
      short for bull's-eye, bull's-eye
    7. slang
      short for bullshit
    8. a bull in a china shopa clumsy person
    9. take the bull by the hornsto face and tackle a difficulty without shirking
    1. male; masculine: a bull elephant
    2. large; strong
    Etymology: Old English bula, from Old Norse boli; related to Middle Low German bulle, Middle Dutch bolle
    bull /bʊl/ n
    1. a ludicrously self-contradictory or inconsistent statement
    Etymology: 17th Century: of uncertain origin
    bull /bʊl/ n
    1. a formal document issued by the pope, written in antiquated characters and often sealed with a leaden bulla
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Medieval Latin bulla seal attached to a bull, from Latin: round object

    Bull /bʊl/ n
    1. the Bullthe constellation Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac
    Bull /bʊl/ n
    1. John. 1563–1628, English composer and organist
    2. See John Bull


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