[boo l-dawg, -dog]
  1. one of an English breed of medium-sized, short-haired, muscular dogs with prominent, undershot jaws, usually having a white and tan or brindled coat, raised originally for bullbaiting.
  2. Informal. a stubbornly persistent person.
  3. a short-barreled revolver of large caliber.
  4. Metallurgy. slag from a puddling furnace.
  5. an assistant to the proctor at Oxford and Cambridge universities.
  1. like or characteristic of a bulldog or of a bulldog's jaws: bulldog obstinacy.
verb (used with object), bull·dogged, bull·dog·ging.
  1. to attack in the manner of a bulldog.
  2. Western U.S. to throw (a calf, steer, etc.) to the ground by seizing the horns and twisting the head.

Origin of bulldog

First recorded in 1490–1500; bull1 + dog
Related formsbull·dog·ged·ness, nounbull·dog·ger, noun
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Historical Examples of bulldogging

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

British Dictionary definitions for bulldogging


  1. a sturdy thickset breed of dog with an undershot jaw, short nose, broad head, and a muscular body
  2. (at Oxford University) an official who accompanies the proctors on ceremonial occasions
  3. 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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