- 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 [countable] the male of the elephant, whale and some other large animals compare cow See related entries: Wild mammals
- 3[countable] (finance) a person who buys shares in a company, hoping to sell them soon afterwards at a higher price compare bear
- 4[countable] an official order or statement from the Pope (= the head of the Roman Catholic Church) a papal bull
- 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[countable] = bullseye see also cock and bull story Word Origin senses 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
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. 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.