Meaning of BULL in English


bull 1

— bull-like , adj.

/bool/ , n.

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 ,

a. an awkward or clumsy person.

b. an inconsiderate or tactless person.

c. a troublemaker; dangerous person.

9. take the bull by the horns , to attack a difficult or risky problem fearlessly.


10. male.

11. of, pertaining to, or resembling a bull, as in strength.

12. having to do with or marked by a continuous trend of rising prices, as of stocks: a bull market.


13. Stock Exchange. to attempt to raise the price of.

14. to speculate in, in expectation of a rise in price.

15. to force; shove: to bull one's way through a crowd.

16. Naut. to ram (a buoy).

[ 1150-1200; ME bule, OE bula; akin to ON boli; see BULLOCK ]

bull 2

/bool/ , n.

1. a bulla or seal.

2. Rom. Cath. Ch. a formal papal document having a bulla attached.

[ 1250-1300; ME bulle bulla seal, sealed document; see BULLA ]

bull 3

/bool/ , n. Slang.

1. exaggerations; lies; nonsense.

2. shoot the bull , to talk aimlessly: We just sat around shooting the bull.

[ 1620-30; bulla play, game, jest, perh. special use of L bulla bubble; now generally taken as a euphemistic shortening of BULLSHIT ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .