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bullish

[boo l-ish]
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adjective
  1. like a bull.
  2. obstinate or stupid.
  3. Commerce.
    1. rising in prices.
    2. characterized by favorable economic prospects.
    3. Informal.regarding a particular investment as potentially profitable (often followed by on): We're still bullish on treasury bonds.
  4. hopeful; optimistic.

Origin of bullish

First recorded in 1560–70; bull1 + -ish1
Related formsbull·ish·ly, adverbbull·ish·ness, nounsu·per·bull·ish, adjectivesu·per·bull·ish·ly, adverbsu·per·bull·ish·ness, noun
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bullish

adjective
  1. like a bull
  2. stock exchange causing, expecting, or characterized by a rise in pricesa bullish market
  3. informal cheerful and optimisticthe prime minister was in a bullish mood
Derived Formsbullishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bullish

adj.

1560s, from bull (n.1) + -ish; stock market sense is from 1882. Related: Bullishly; bullishness.

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