bull terrier

or bull·ter·ri·er



one of an English breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs having a white, brindled, or tan and white coat, produced by crossing the bulldog and the terrier.

Origin of bull terrier

First recorded in 1840–50; bull(dog) + terrier1
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Historical Examples of bull terrier

  • Jack clenched his fist and sprang at the man as a bull-terrier might leap on a mastiff.

    Fort Desolation

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The squat face of the bull-terrier peered at them from over the top of the cliff.

  • He went racing toward the sound, with the bull-terrier at his heels.

  • But the bull-terrier, for a wonder, did not follow its mistress.

  • Mr. Theobald has known one to kill a Bull-terrier in twenty minutes.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for bull terrier

bull terrier


a breed of terrier having a muscular body and thick neck, with a short smooth often white coat: developed by crossing the bulldog with various terriersSee also pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier
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