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