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Bulle

See also: bulle and bullé

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Via German Low German from Middle Low German bulle. Cognate with Dutch bul. More at bull.

NounEdit

Bulle m (genitive Bullen, plural Bullen)

  1. bull (male cattle)
  2. (figuratively) bull (strong or stout man)
Usage notesEdit
  • Though generally interchangeable with Stier, only Bulle is commonly used in agricultural contexts in northern and central Germany. The word is less frequent in the South.
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Etymology 2Edit

Documented since the 19th century. Probably from Polizist (or an abbreviation thereof), whose first syllable may in some dialects have become homophonous to Bulle. — Another possibility is a derivation from Puller or Landpuller, a non-derogatory term for a policeman of the 18th century.

NounEdit

Bulle m (genitive Bullen, plural Bullen)

  1. (mildly pejorative) police officer, cop, pig
Usage notesEdit
  • The word is only mildly pejorative in colloquial speech, it is nevertheless punishable in Germany to use it towards or in reference to a police officer on duty.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Latin bulla "seal capsule", originally meaning "ball, bullet".

NounEdit

Bulle f (genitive Bulle, plural Bullen)

  1. Bull (papal decree).
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