[boo l-uh k]


a castrated bull; steer.
a young bull.

Origin of bullock

before 1000; Middle English bullok, Old English bulluc. See bull1, -ock
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Contemporary Examples of bullock

Historical Examples of bullock

  • The first of this class of presses (the "Bullock" press) was built in America.

  • He staggered back to his room like a bullock to its pen after it has had its death-blow in the shambles.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • A bullock must never be hurried, not even in the early morning.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

  • The magicians of Pharaoh could not afterwards mislead me about that bullock.

    Dwellers in the Hills

    Melville Davisson Post

  • No Burman will kill a cow or a bullock, and no Burman will sell its meat.

British Dictionary definitions for bullock



a gelded bull; steer
archaic a bull calf


(intr) Australian and NZ informal to work hard and long

Word Origin for bullock

Old English bulluc; see bull 1, -ock
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Word Origin and History for bullock

Old English bulluc "young bull," from Proto-Germanic *bulluka-, from the stem of bull (n.1). Now always a castrated bull reared for beef.

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