Meaning of BULL in English

BULL

/ bʊl; NAmE / noun

1.

[ C ] the male of any animal in the cow family :

a bull neck (= a short thick neck like a bull's )

—compare bullock , cow , ox , steer

2.

[ C ] the male of the elephant , whale and some other large animals

—compare cow

3.

[ C ] ( finance ) a person who buys shares in a company, hoping to sell them soon afterwards at a higher price

—compare bear

4.

[ C ] an official order or statement from the Pope (= the head of the Roman Catholic Church) :

a papal bull

5.

[ U ] ( slang ) = bullshit :

That's a load of bull!

6.

[ C ] = bullseye

—see also cock and bull story

IDIOMS

- a bull in a china shop

- take the bull by the horns

—more at red adjective , shoot verb

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WORD ORIGIN

senses 1 to 3 and sense 6 late Old English bula (recorded in place names), from Old Norse boli . Compare with bullock .

sense 4 Middle English : from Old French bulle , from Latin bulla bubble, rounded object (in medieval Latin seal or sealed document).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.