bulldog

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bull +‎ dog, in reference to bullbaiting.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bulldog (plural bulldogs)

  1. A breed of dog developed in England by the crossing of the bullbaiting dog and the Pug to produce a ladies' companion dog, having a very smooth coat, a flattened face, wrinkly cheeks, powerful front legs, and smaller hind legs.
    1. The original form of this breed, the British bulldog.
  2. A stubborn or determined person.
    We need a lawyer who will fight for our case, a real bulldog.
    His bulldog determination was destined to bring him the opportunity he was seeking.
  3. A refractory material used as a furnace lining, obtained by calcining the cinder or slag from the puddling furnace of a rolling mill.
  4. (UK, Oxford University slang) One of the proctors' officers.
  5. (professional wrestling) Any move in which the wrestler grabs an opponent's head and jumps forward, so that the wrestler lands, often in a sitting position, and drives the opponent's face into the mat.
  6. (US, publishing) A bulldog edition.
    • 1940, Citizen Kane (film)
      The bulldog's just gone to press.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1971, Carol King and Gerry Goffin, “Smackwater Jack”, Tapestry, Ode Records
    Big Jim the Chief stood for law and order.... Now from his bulldog mouth... Came the cry, “We got to ride to clean up the streets...!”

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Derived terms[edit]

Terms derived from bulldog (noun)

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • French: bouledogue
  • German: Bulldogge

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

bulldog (third-person singular simple present bulldogs, present participle bulldogging, simple past and past participle bulldogged)

  1. (intransitive, often with into or through) To force oneself (in a particular direction).
    Synonym: bull
    • 2019 March 6, Drachinifel, The Battle of Samar (Alternate History) - Bring on the Battleships![1], archived from the original on 20 July 2022, retrieved 25 September 2022, 14:01 from the start:
      So to give you some idea, we had scenarios where Yamato came steaming over the horizon and just bulldogged its way straight through the American battleline, and the whole thing was done and dusted inside of an hour, with 18-inch shells just blowing apart anything in sight.
  2. (transitive) To chase (a steer) on horseback and wrestle it to the ground by twisting its horns (as a rodeo performance).

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbul.dɔɡ/
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  • Hyphenation: bull‧dog

Noun[edit]

bulldog m (plural bulldogs, diminutive bulldogje n)

  1. Alternative form of buldog.
    Synonym: bulhond

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English bulldog.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bulldog m (plural bulldogs)

  1. Alternative spelling of bouledogue

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

bulldog m (plural bulldogs)

  1. Alternative form of buldogue

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English bulldog.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bulˈdoɡ/ [bul̪ˈd̪oɣ̞]
  • Rhymes: -oɡ

Noun[edit]

bulldog m (plural bulldogs)

  1. bulldog

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