bull

1
[ boo l ]
/ bʊl /
|

noun

adjective

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. bulkhead,
  2. bulkhead deck,
  3. bulkheading,
  4. bulking,
  5. bulky,
  6. bull ant,
  7. bull bar,
  8. bull bars,
  9. bull bat,
  10. bull bay

Idioms

    bull in a china shop,
    1. an awkward or clumsy person.
    2. an inconsiderate or tactless person.
    3. a troublemaker; dangerous person.
    take the bull by the horns, to attack a difficult or risky problem fearlessly.

Origin of bull

1
1150–1200; Middle English bule, Old English bula; akin to Old Norse boli; see bullock

Related formsbull-like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bulllike

Bull

1
/ (bʊl) /

noun

the Bull the constellation Taurus, the second sign of the zodiac

Bull

2
/ (bʊl) /

noun

John . 1563–1628, English composer and organist

bull

1
/ (bʊl) /

noun

adjective

male; masculinea bull elephant
large; strong

verb

Word Origin for bull

Old English bula, from Old Norse boli; related to Middle Low German bulle, Middle Dutch bolle

bull

2
/ (bʊl) /

noun

a ludicrously self-contradictory or inconsistent statementAlso called: Irish bull

Word Origin for bull

C17: of uncertain origin

bull

3
/ (bʊl) /

noun

a formal document issued by the pope, written in antiquated characters and often sealed with a leaden bulla

Word Origin for bull

C13: from Medieval Latin bulla seal attached to a bull, from Latin: round object

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Word Origin and History for bulllike
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Idioms and Phrases with bulllike

bull

In addition to the idioms beginning with bull

  • bull in a china shop
  • bull session

also see:

  • cock and bull story
  • hit the bull's-eye
  • shoot the breeze (bull)
  • take the bull by the horns
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