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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Middle English bul, from Late Old English bula (only used in place names), from Old Norse boli. Cognate with German Bulle, Dutch bul.

Noun

Singular
bull

Plural
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  1. The adult male of certain large mammals, such as whales, elephants and seals.
  2. In particular, the uncastrated adult male of domesticated cattle or oxen.
  3. A large, strong man.
  4. (finance) An investor who buys (commodities or securities) in anticipation of a rise in prices.
  5. (slang) A policeman.
Synonyms
Antonyms
  • (finance: investor who buys in anticipation of a rise in prices):: bear
Translations
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Adjective

bull (not comparable)

Positive
bull

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Large and strong, like a bull.
  2. Of large mammals, male.
    a bull elephant
  3. (finance) Of a market in which prices are rising (compare bear)
Synonyms
Antonyms
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to bull

Third person singular
bulls

Simple past
bulled

Past participle
-

Present participle
bulling

to bull (third-person singular simple present bulls, present participle bulling, simple past and past participle bulled)
  1. To force oneself (in a particur direction).
    He bulled his way in.
  2. To lie, to tell untruths.
  3. (British military) To polish boots to a high shine.
Translations

to lie

See lie

Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English bulle < Old French bulle < Low [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] bulla

Noun

Singular
bull

Plural
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bull ({{{1}}})
  1. (also papal bull) An official document or edict from the Pope.
  2. A seal affixed to a document, especially a document from the Pope.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to bull

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bull (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (dated, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to publish in a Papal bull

Etymology 3

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

Noun

Singular
bull

Plural
-

bull (-)
  1. A lie.
  2. (euphemism, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Nonsense.
Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to bull

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bull (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. to mock, cheat

Etymology 4

From Old French boule (ball) < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] bulla (round swelling) < Proto-Indo-European *bhel (to blow, to swell).

Noun

Singular
bull

Plural
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bull ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) a bubble

Catalan

Noun

bull m. (plural bulls)

Singular
bull m.

Plural
bulls m.

  1. the agitation of a liquid which is boiling
  2. effervescence
  3. a type of pork sausage

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Icelandic

Noun

bull n.

  1. nonsense, gibberish

Synonyms

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