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English noun: bull

1. bull (animal) uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle

Broader (hypernym)Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen

Narrower (hyponym)bullock

Part holonymhorn

2. bull (person) a large and strong and heavyset man

SamplesHe was a bull of a man.
A thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got.

Synonymsbruiser, Samson, strapper

Broader (hypernym)adult male, man

3. bull (communication) obscene words for unacceptable behavior

SamplesI put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk.
What he said was mostly bull.

Synonymsbullshit, crap, dogshit, horseshit, Irish bull, shit

Broader (hypernym)buncombe, bunk, bunkum, guff, hogwash, rot

Domain usagedirty word, filth, obscenity, smut, vulgarism

4. bull (act) a serious and ludicrous blunder

SamplesHe made a bad bull of the assignment.

Broader (hypernym)bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall

5. bull (person) uncomplimentary terms for a policeman

Synonymscop, copper, fuzz, pig

Broader (hypernym)officer, police officer, policeman

Domain usagecolloquialism

6. bull (person) an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later

Broader (hypernym)investor


7. Bull (person) (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

Domain categoryastrology, star divination

8. Bull (location) the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20

SynonymsTaurus, Taurus the Bull

Instance hypernymhouse, mansion, planetary house, sign, sign of the zodiac, star sign

9. bull (location) the center of a target

Synonymsbull's eye

Broader (hypernym)center, centre, midpoint

Part meronymmark, target

10. bull (communication) a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)

Synonymspapal bull

Broader (hypernym)decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript

11. bull (animal) mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle

Broader (hypernym)eutherian, eutherian mammal, placental, placental mammal

English verb: bull

1. bull (social) push or force

SamplesHe bulled through his demands.

Synonymsbull through

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)bear on, push

2. bull (possession) try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)job, speculate

Verb groupbull

Domain categoryinvesting, investment

3. bull (communication) speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths

SamplesThe politician was not well prepared for the debate and faked it.

Synonymsbullshit, fake, talk through one's hat

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s on something

Broader (hypernym)affect, dissemble, feign, pretend, sham

4. bull (change) advance in price

SamplesStocks were bulling.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)climb, go up, rise

Verb groupbull

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