Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a heavy muscular physique.
  • adj. Bullheaded.
  • adj. Causing, expecting, or characterized by rising stock market prices: "Cheaper energy is bullish because it stimulates growth” ( Eric Gelman).
  • adj. Optimistic or confident: bullish on the prospects of reaching a negotiated settlement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a muscular physique
  • adj. Aggressively self-confident or assertive; bullheaded
  • adj. rising
  • adj. optimistic; overly or foolishly optimistic or hopeful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Partaking of the nature of a bull, or a blunder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the stock exchange, somewhat buoyant; advancing or tending to advance in price, in consequence of the efforts of the bulls: as, a bullish market.
  • Partaking of the nature of a bull or blunder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expecting a rise in prices

Etymologies

bull +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One thing I learned from the storm is to be more judicious in the use of the term bullish.

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  • Also, I would look to see if there is what I call a bullish divergence; in other words, futures making a lower low while the tick is making a higher low that would be a bullish divergence.

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  • According to Admiral Toyoda, the meeting started with what he characterized as a bullish attitude to continue the war.

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  • ISHARES INC MSCI EMERGING MRKT (EEM); that's what I call a bullish reversal, buy and use $23 as your stop. iShares Trust FTSE China (FXI); will sell my stake and buy more on a pull back.

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  • Volume in bullish calls on the Brazilian miner's stock jumped after the company reported a record third-quarter profit, results that showed the benefits of strong iron-ore prices and brisk demand.

    Traders Mine Good News From Vale

  • However, he remains long-term bullish on the markets and expects further falls from current Sensex levels to spark fresh buying.

    Indian Shares Led Higher by Larsen & Toubro

  • "Investors flocked to Trina Solar options to position for continued near-term bullish movement in the price of the stock," Interactive Brokers equity options analyst Caitlin Duffy wrote in a report.

    Japan Crisis Raises Worry in U.S. Options

  • While Goldman expects the yuan to strengthen further—indeed, it is still recommending a second, longer-term bullish wager—Mr. Westwood urged investors to close the first wager for a potential return of 4.2%.

    Goldman: Get Out of Bullish Yuan Bet

  • While Goldman expects the yuan to strengthen further—indeed, it still recommends a second, longer-term bullish wager—Mr. Westwood urged investors to close the first wager for a potential return of 4.2%.

    Goldman Sachs Warns About Bullish Yuan Bet

  • Analysts remain bullish, with Standard Chartered raising its average gold price forecast for 2011 to $1,400 an ounce, from the previous $1,175.

    Gold Prices Edge Higher

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