Meaning of BULL in English


I. ˈbu̇l, ˈbəl noun

Etymology: Middle English bule, from Old English bula; akin to Old Norse boli bull

Date: before 12th century


a. : a male bovine ; especially : an adult uncastrated male domestic bovine

b. : a usually adult male of various large animals (as elephants, whales, or seals)

2. : one who buys securities or commodities in expectation of a price rise or who acts to effect such a rise — compare bear

3. : one that resembles a bull (as in brawny physique)

4. : bulldog

5. slang : police officer , detective

6. capitalized : Taurus

II. adjective

Date: 13th century


a. : of or relating to a bull

b. : male

a bull calf

c. : suggestive of a bull

2. : large of its kind

a bull lathe

III. verb

Date: 1884

intransitive verb

: to advance forcefully

transitive verb

1. : to act on with violence

2. : force

bull ed his way through the crowd

IV. noun

Etymology: Middle English bulle, from Medieval Latin bulla, from Latin, bubble, amulet

Date: 14th century

1. : a solemn papal letter sealed with a bulla or with a red-ink imprint of the device on the bulla

2. : edict , decree

V. verb

Date: 1609

transitive verb

slang : to fool especially by fast boastful talk

intransitive verb

slang : to engage in idle and boastful talk

VI. noun

Etymology: perhaps from obsolete bull to mock

Date: 1640

1. : a grotesque blunder in language

2. slang : empty boastful talk

3. slang : nonsense 2

VII. abbreviation


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