see also: Bull
Pronunciation Noun


  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. Any adult male bovine.
  4. An adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
  5. A large, strong man.
  6. (finance) An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
  7. (slang) A policeman.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
      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.
  8. (UK, historical, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, 5 shillings.
  9. (UK) Clipping of bullseye#English|bullseye.
    1. (military, firearms) The central portion of a target, inside the inner and magpie.
  10. (Philadelphia, slang) A man.
  11. (uncountable, informal, euphemistic, slang) Clipping of bullshit#English|bullshit.
  12. A man who has sex with another man's wife or girlfriend with the consent of both.
  13. (obsolete) A drink made by pouring water into a cask that previously held liquor.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (finance: investor who sells in anticipation of a fall in prices) bear
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Bulle
  • Portuguese: brutamontes
  • Russian: бык
Translations Translations Adjective

bull (not comparable)

  1. Large and strong, like a bull.
  • Synonyms: beefy, hunky, robust
  • Antonyms: feeble, puny, weak
  1. (of large mammals) adult male
    a bull elephant
    Synonyms: male
    Antonyms: female
  2. (finance) Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
    Antonyms: bear
  3. stupid
    Synonyms: stupid
  • German: Bullen-, bullen-
  • Portuguese: grande
Translations Verb

bull (bulls, present participle bulling; 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
Translations Translations Noun

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.
Translations Translations Verb

bull (bulls, present participle bulling; past and past participle bulled)

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

bull (uncountable)

  1. A lie.
  2. (euphemistic, informal) Nonsense.
Synonyms Translations Verb

bull (bulls, present participle bulling; past and past participle bulled)

  1. to mock, cheat

bull (plural bulls)

  1. (16th century, obsolete) A bubble.

Proper noun
  1. Surname derived from the name of the animal.

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