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

  • n. An adult male bovine mammal.
  • n. The uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle.
  • n. The male of certain other large animals, such as the alligator, elephant, or moose.
  • n. An exceptionally large, strong, and aggressive person.
  • n. An optimist, especially regarding business conditions.
  • n. A person who buys commodities or securities in anticipation of a rise in prices or who tries by speculative purchases to effect such a rise.
  • n. Slang A police officer or detective.
  • n. Slang Foolish, deceitful, or boastful language.
  • n. Slang Insolent talk or behavior.
  • transitive v. To push; force.
  • intransitive v. To push ahead or through forcefully: "He bulls through the press horde that encircles the car” ( Scott Turow).
  • adj. Male.
  • adj. Large and strong like a bull.
  • adj. Characterized by rising prices: a bull market.
  • idiom grab To deal with a problem directly and resolutely.
  • n. An official document issued by the pope and sealed with a bulla.
  • n. The bulla used to seal such a document.
  • n. A gross blunder in logical speech or expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The uncastrated adult male of domesticated cattle or oxen.
  • n. The adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
  • n. A large, strong man.
  • n. An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
  • n. A policeman.
  • n. A male person.
  • adj. Large and strong, like a bull.
  • adj. Of large mammals, male.
  • adj. Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
  • v. To force oneself (in a particular direction).
  • v. To lie, to tell untruths.
  • v. To polish boots to a high shine.
  • n. A papal bull, an official document or edict from the Pope.
  • n. A seal affixed to a document, especially a document from the Pope.
  • v. to publish in a Papal bull
  • n. A lie.
  • n. Nonsense.
  • v. to mock, cheat
  • n. a bubble

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce.
  • n. The male of any species of cattle (Bovidæ); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale.
  • n. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action.
  • n.
  • n. Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
  • n. A constellation of the zodiac between Aries and Gemini. It contains the Pleiades.
  • n. One who operates in expectation of a rise in the price of stocks, or in order to effect such a rise. See 4th Bear, n., 5.
  • n. a ludicrously false statement; nonsense. Also used as an expletive.
  • n. A seal. See bulla.
  • n. A letter, edict, or respect, of the pope, written in Gothic characters on rough parchment, sealed with a bulla, and dated “a die Incarnationis,” i. e., “from the day of the Incarnation.” See Apostolical brief, under Brief.
  • n. A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression; so called, perhaps, from the apparent incongruity between the dictatorial nature of the pope's bulls and his professions of humility.
  • intransitive v. To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
  • transitive v. To endeavor to raise the market price of; ; to endeavor to raise prices in. See 1st bull, n., 4.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To toss or throw up (hedges), as cattle do.
  • In the stock exchange, to endeavor to raise, as the price of shares, artificially and unduly. See the noun.
  • In the stock exchange, in the interest of or favorable to the bulls; buoyant; rising: as, a bull movement; a bull market.
  • n. The male of the domestic bovine, of which the female is a cow; in general, the male of any bovine, as of the different species of the genus Bos.
  • n. An old male whale, sea-lion, sea-bear, or fur-seal.
  • n. [capitalized] Taurus, one of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
  • n. In stock-exchange slang, one who endeavors to effect a rise in the price of stock: the opposite of a bear. See bear, 5.
  • n. The bull's-eye of a target.
  • n. plural The stems of hedge-thorns.
  • n. plural The transverse bars of wood into which the heads of harrows are set.
  • n. A five-shilling piece.
  • n. A small keg.
  • n. The weak grog made by pouring water into a spirit-cask nearly empty.
  • n. Same as bulla, 2.
  • n. The most authoritative official document issued by the pope or in his name: usually an open letter containing some decree, order, or decision relating to matters of grace or justice.
  • n. An official letter; an edict; especially, an imperial edict under the Roman or the old German empire.
  • n. A bubble.
  • n. A gross inconsistency in language; a ludicrous blunder involving a contradiction in terms: commonly regarded as especially characteristic of the Irish, and often called an Irish bull.
  • n. Synonyms Error, Mistake, etc. See blunder.
  • n. In mining, an iron rod used in ramming clay to line a shot-hole.
  • n. Same as beal.

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

  • n. a serious and ludicrous blunder
  • n. mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle
  • n. obscene words for unacceptable behavior
  • n. a large and strong and heavyset man
  • n. an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later
  • n. the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20
  • v. try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
  • n. the center of a target
  • n. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  • n. uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle
  • n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus
  • v. advance in price
  • n. a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
  • v. push or force
  • v. speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths


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

Middle English bule, from Old English bula, probably from Old Norse boli; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots.
Middle English bulle, from Old French, from Medieval Latin bulla; see bulla.
Origin unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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 (bólinthos, "wild bull"), Albanian "buall" (bull) or related bolle ("testicles"), Ancient Greek φαλλός (phallós, "penis")), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel (“to blow”). More at blow.

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

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

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



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