[ boo l-dawg, -dog ]
/ ˈbʊlˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg /



like or characteristic of a bulldog or of a bulldog's jaws: bulldog obstinacy.

verb (used with object), bull·dogged, bull·dog·ging.

to attack in the manner of a bulldog.
Western U.S. to throw (a calf, steer, etc.) to the ground by seizing the horns and twisting the head.

Nearby words

  1. bullbaiting,
  2. bullbat,
  3. bullboat,
  4. bullbrier,
  5. bullbucker,
  6. bulldog ant,
  7. bulldog clip,
  8. bulldog edition,
  9. bulldog forceps,
  10. bulldoze

Origin of bulldog

First recorded in 1490–1500; bull1 + dog

Related formsbull·dog·ged·ness, nounbull·dog·ger, noun

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Examples from the Web for bulldogging

  • But their talents had been cultivated in roping two-year-olds and bulldogging yearlings.

British Dictionary definitions for bulldogging


/ (ˈbʊlˌdɒɡ) /


a sturdy thickset breed of dog with an undershot jaw, short nose, broad head, and a muscular body
(at Oxford University) an official who accompanies the proctors on ceremonial occasions
commerce a fixed-interest bond issued in Britain by a foreign borrower
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Word Origin and History for bulldogging



c.1500, from bull (n.1) + dog (n.). Perhaps from shape, perhaps because originally used for baiting bulls.

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