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 (wild bull), Albanian buall (buffalo) 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. A male of domesticated cattle or oxen of any age.
  3. An adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
  4. A large, strong man.
  5. (finance) An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
  6. (slang) A policeman.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, The Bat, chapterI:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. []. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
    1. (US) Specifically, a policeman employed in a railroad yard.
  7. (Britain, historical, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, 5 shillings.
  8. (Britain) Short for bullseye.
  9. (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) adult male
    a bull elephant
  3. (finance) Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
  4. stupid
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