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.
Although the word is only mildly pejorative in colloquial speech, it is punishable in Germany to use it towards or in reference to a police officer on duty.
- Bullette (female form; humorous)
Bulle f (genitive Bulle, plural Bullen)
- Bull (papal decree).