Definition of bull noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʊl//
    Wild mammals, Farm animals
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  1. 1 [countable] the male of any animal in the cow family a bull neck (= a short thick neck like a bull’s) compare bullock, cow, ox, steer See related entries: Wild mammals, Farm animals
  2. 2 [countable] the male of the elephant, whale and some other large animals compare cow See related entries: Wild mammals
  3. 3[countable] (finance) a person who buys shares in a company, hoping to sell them soon afterwards at a higher price compare bear
  4. 4[countable] an official order or statement from the Pope (= the head of the Roman Catholic Church) a papal bull
  5. 5[uncountable] (slang) = bullshit That's a load of bull! If you want to believe all that bull it’s up to you. That’s just bull and you know it.
  6. 6[countable] = bullseye
  7. see also cock and bull story
    Word Originsenses 1 to 3 and sense 6 late Old English bula (recorded in place names), from Old Norse boli. Compare with bullock.sense 4 Middle English: from Old French bulle, from Latin bulla ‘bubble, rounded object’ (in medieval Latin ‘seal ’or‘ sealed document’).Idioms a person who is careless, or who moves or acts in a rough or awkward way, in a place or situation where skill and care are needed You’re not going to go storming in there like a bull in a china shop, are you?
    like waving a red flag in front of a bull (US English) (British English a red rag to a bull)
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    something that is likely to make somebody very angry
    (North American English, informal) to have a conversation in an informal way synonym chat We sat around in the bar, shooting the breeze.
    take the bull by the horns
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    to face a difficult or dangerous situation directly and with courage Nora decided to take the bull by the horns and organize things for herself.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bull