Definitions of bull

  1. a large and strong and heavyset man; " he was a bull of a man"; " a thick- skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got"
  2. a serious and ludicrous blunder; " he made a bad bull of the assignment"
  3. mature male of various mammals of which the female is called ` cow'; e. g. whales or elephants or especially cattle
  4. uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle
  5. a formal proclamation issued by the pope ( usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
  6. the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20
  7. ( astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus
  8. ( informal) uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  9. talk through one's hat; " The politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it"
  10. characterized by rising prices; " a bull market"
  11. obscene words for unacceptable behavior; " I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; " what he said was mostly bull"
  12. an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later
  13. uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
  14. advance in price; " stocks were bulling"
  15. try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying
  16. The male of any species of cattle ( Bovidae); hence, the male of any large quadruped, as the elephant; also, the male of the whale.
  17. One who, or that which, resembles a bull in character or action.
  18. Taurus, the second of the twelve signs of the zodiac.
  19. 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.
  20. Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large; fierce.
  21. To be in heat; to manifest sexual desire as cows do.
  22. To endeavor to raise the market price of; as, to bull railroad bonds; to bull stocks; to bull Lake Shore; to endeavor to raise prices in; as, to bull the market. See 1st Bull, n., 4.
  23. 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.
  24. A grotesque blunder in language; an apparent congruity, but real incongruity, of ideas, contained in a form of expression.
  25. The male of the species of animals of which the cow is the female; the male of various large animals, as the whale, elephant, etc.; in the stock market, one who endeavors to raise the price of stock; an official order by the Pope; as, a papal bull; a ridiculous contradiction in language.
  26. The male of the ox kind: a sign of the zodiac.
  27. Denoting largeness of size- used in composition, as bull- trout.
  28. An edict of the pope which has his seal affixed.
  29. A ludicrous blunder in speech.
  30. The male of cattle; a sealed edict of the Pope; a blunder.
  31. The male of domestic cattle or of some other animals.
  32. A dealer who seeks or expects higher prices.
  33. An official document of the Pope, sealed with a leaden seal.
  34. A ridiculous contradiction in terms; a blundering statement.
  35. Of a large size; male.
  36. The male of a bovine quadruped; Taurus, one of the twelve signs of the zodiac; one who nominally buys stock on the speculation of its rising in value.
  37. An edict of the Pope. See Bear.
  38. A ludicrous inconsistency or blunder in speech.
  39. To try dishonestly to enhance the value of shares.
  40. A seal. See Bulla.
  41. The male of the cow kind; in Scrip., a fierce and powerful enemy.
  42. A name at first applied to the seal attached to an edict of the Pope, but now applied to the edict itself; a blunder; in the Stock Exchange, those who try to raise the price of stocks are called bulls, and those who try to lower their price, bears.

Usage examples for bull

  1. The Old Bull and Bush touch. – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  2. All this time I stood in the yard of The Bull beneath an open window. – The Coming of the King by James Hocking
  3. Like a bull with shut eyes she held dead upon her furious course! – Fair Margaret by H. Rider Haggard
  4. Standing Bull and his brothers must circle around and come up on the side where the ponies are. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  5. Neither did Bull Run Rapids, a few miles farther down, offer any difficulties. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman
  6. It is impossible to have a big bull market without plenty of money. – Successful Stock Speculation by John James Butler
  7. He had taken the bull by the horns. – Way of the Lawless by Max Brand
  8. Noll lowered his big head like a bull. – The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams
  9. " Smiler's getting a big fellow and he is as strong as a bull. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  10. If John Bull stands this sort of thing, he must be a poor creature indeed. – Cities of the Dawn by J. Ewing Ritchie
  11. The two men exchanged swift, anxious glances, divining, without consultation, the nature of the danger- a bull, escaped from its chain, rushing towards them. – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  12. Is that the fierce bull? – Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light by Vera C. Barclay
  13. Oh, my dear Jean- a bull! – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  14. But Simpson had great faith in the bull. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  15. It was a large white bull, and he guessed its age to be about five or six years. – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  16. And again Buffalo Bull thought as he had done before. – Myths and Legends of the Great Plains by Unknown
  17. He said to Buffalo Bull, While I walk on a journey, I am in a great hurry. – Myths and Legends of the Great Plains by Unknown
  18. The bull turned and charged the cattle behind him. – Dwellers in the Hills by Melville Davisson Post