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EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bul, bule, from Old English bula (bull, steer), from Proto-Germanic *bulô (bull); compare West Frisian bolle, Dutch bul, German Bulle, Old Norse boli, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰl̥no- (compare Old Irish ball (limb), Latin follis (bellows, leather bag), Thracian βόλινθος (wild bull), Albanian buall (buffalo) or related bolle (testicles), Ancient Greek φαλλός (phallós, penis)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (to blow). More at blow.

NounEdit

 
A statue of a Spanish fighting bull or toro de lidia in Tordesillas, Valladolid, Spain

bull (plural bulls)

  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. An adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
  4. A large, strong man.
  5. (finance) An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
  6. (slang) A policeman.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Avery Hopwood, The Bat, chapterI:
      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.
  7. (Britain, historical, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, 5 shillings.
  8. (Britain) Clipping of bullseye.
  9. (Philadelphia, slang) A man.
  10. (vulgar, slang) Clipping of bullshit..
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  • (finance: investor who buys in anticipation of a rise in prices): bear
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AdjectiveEdit

bull (not comparable)

  1. Large and strong, like a bull.
  2. (of large mammals) adult male
    a bull elephant
  3. (finance) Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
  4. stupid
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Etymology 2Edit

Shortened from bullshit

VerbEdit

bull (third-person singular simple present bulls, present participle bulling, simple 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. (Britain, 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
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English bulle, from Old French bulle, from Low Latin bulla.

NounEdit

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.
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bull (third-person singular simple present bulls, present participle bulling, simple past and past participle bulled)

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

Etymology 4Edit

From Middle English bull (falsehood), of unknown origin. Possibly related to Old French boul, boule, bole (fraud, deceit, trickery). Popularly associated with bullshit.

NounEdit

bull (uncountable)

  1. A lie.
  2. (euphemistic, informal) Nonsense.
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bull (third-person singular simple present bulls, present participle bulling, simple past and past participle bulled)

  1. to mock, cheat

Etymology 5Edit

From Old French boule (ball), from Latin bulla (round swelling), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel (to blow, to swell).

NounEdit

bull (plural bulls)

  1. (16th century, obsolete) a bubble

CatalanEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From bullir.

NounEdit

bull m (plural bulls)

  1. boiling
  2. effervescence

VerbEdit

bull

  1. third-person singular present indicative form of bullir
  2. second-person singular imperative form of bullir

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

bull m (plural bulls)

  1. a type of pork sausage

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From bulldozer.

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bull m (plural bulls)

  1. (construction) bulldozer

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IcelandicEdit

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bull n (genitive singular bulls, no plural)

  1. nonsense, gibberish

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WestrobothnianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse bolli, from Proto-Germanic *bullô.

NounEdit

bull m

  1. wooden bowl, lathed vessel