bullish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bull +‎ -ish

Adjective[edit]

bullish (comparative more bullish, superlative most bullish)

  1. Having a muscular physique
  2. Aggressively self-confident or assertive; bullheaded
    He was heavily criticised for his bullish behaviour.
    • 2017 June 26, Alexis Petridis, “Glastonbury 2017 verdict: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Lorde, Stormzy and more”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Sitting on the edge of the stage at the show’s end, draped in a flag and singing You Need Me, a bullish screw-you written when he was 15, he didn’t look much like a man still plagued by nerves over headlining Glastonbury.
  3. (stock market, of the price of financial instruments) rising
  4. optimistic; overly or foolishly optimistic or hopeful

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