bull

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bul, bule, from Old English bula (bull, steer), from Proto-Germanic *bulô ("bull"; compare West Frisian bolle, Dutch bul, German Bulle, Old Norse boli), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰl̥no- (compare Old Irish ball (limb), Latin follis (bellows, leather bag), Thracian βόλινθος (bólinthos, wild bull), Albanian "buall" (bull) or related bolle (testicles), Ancient Greek φαλλός (phallós, penis)), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel (to blow). More at blow.

Noun[edit]

A statue of a Spanish fighting bull or toro de lidia in Tordesillas, Valladolid, Spain

bull (plural bulls)

  1. An adult male of domesticated cattle or oxen.
    1. Specifically, one that is uncastrated.
  2. An adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
  3. A large, strong man.
  4. (finance) An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
  5. (slang) A policeman.
  6. (UK, historical, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, 5 shillings.
  7. (Philadelphia, slang) A man.
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  • (finance: investor who buys in anticipation of a rise in prices): bear
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bull (not comparable)

  1. Large and strong, like a bull.
  2. Of large mammals, male.
    a bull elephant
  3. (finance) Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
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bull (third-person singular simple present bulls, present participle bulling, simple past and past participle bulled)

  1. (intransitive) To force oneself (in a particular direction).
    He bulled his way in.
  2. (intransitive) To lie, to tell untruths.
  3. (intransitive) To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
  4. (UK, military) To polish boots to a high shine.
  5. (finance, transitive) To endeavour to raise the market price of.
    to bull railroad bonds
  6. (finance, transitive) To endeavour to raise prices in.
    to bull the market
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English bulle, from Old French bulle, from Low Latin bulla

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bull (plural bulls)

  1. A papal bull, an official document or edict from the Pope.
  2. A seal affixed to a document, especially a document from the Pope.
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bull (third-person singular simple present bulls, present participle bulling, simple past and past participle bulled)

  1. (dated, 17th century) to publish in a Papal bull

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English bull (falsehood), of unknown origin. Possibly related to Old French boul, boule, fraud, deceit, trickery. Popularly associated with bullshit.

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bull (uncountable)

  1. A lie.
  2. (euphemistic, informal) Nonsense.
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bull (third-person singular simple present bulls, present participle bulling, simple past and past participle bulled)

  1. to mock, cheat

Etymology 4[edit]

From Old French boule (ball), from Latin bulla (round swelling), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel (to blow, to swell).

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bull (plural bulls)

  1. (16th century, obsolete) a bubble

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bull m (plural bulls)

  1. the agitation of a liquid which is boiling
  2. effervescence
  3. a type of pork sausage

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bull

  1. third-person singular present indicative form of bullir
  2. second-person singular imperative form of bullir

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From bulldozer.

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bull m (plural bulls)

  1. (construction) bulldozer

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bull n (genitive singular bulls, no plural)

  1. nonsense, gibberish

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