Definition of bulldog in English:



  • 1A dog of a sturdy smooth-haired breed with a large head and powerful protruding lower jaw, a flat wrinkled face, and a broad chest.

    • ‘The bulldog, although bred originally for close encounters in blood sports, was a cuddlesome, affable creature beneath the ferocity and gore.’
    • ‘Others claim the bulldog resulted from the crosses between mastiffs and Dutch pug dogs.’
    • ‘Dog expert Trevor Turner, who is chief veterinary officer for the Crufts dog show, told the inquest the American bulldog was not regarded under British law as a dangerous dog but the breed was often used in America for dog-fighting.’
    • ‘These effects were qualitatively similar to those found when ritanserin was administered to English bulldogs, an animal model of sleep-disordered breathing with narrowed UA.’
    • ‘The original breed standard for the bulldog was that the head should be as large as possible, so breeders have continually pushed it to accentuate the standard.’
    • ‘News of the fatal attack has prompted enquiries from prospective owners to kennels that raise the dogs, which were originally bred from cattle dogs, mastiffs and bulldogs brought to the Canary Islands by British settlers.’
    • ‘One early British author studying dogs in the Orient described the native dogs she found in China as being mixed with mastiff, chow, bulldog and common street dogs.’
    • ‘‘El Bulli’ in Catalan means ‘the bulldog’, and there were numerous drawings and paintings of bulldogs in the area near the entrance.’
    • ‘The pit bull is a cross between the bulldog, once used for bullbaiting, and terrier types - a mix that has created a tenacious shake-and-tear style of bite.’
    • ‘The story goes that Andrew B Graves, a member of the Sheffield Scientific School Class of 1892, came upon a grimy bulldog in a New Haven blacksmith shop during his freshman year.’
    • ‘When the Football Focus crew opened the door to Frank Lampard's London flat, the Chelsea player had to grab the collar of his bulldog Reggie to stop the dog charging us - in the way overexcitable puppies do.’
    • ‘If you were to walk round with a bulldog, or a Rottweiler, even if it's on a lead you would be stamped as brutal, because of it's vicious nature and it's fearful look.’
    • ‘Molly, an English bulldog, graduated recruit training with Platoon 2103, Company G, in October, then took up duties as the depot mascot.’
    • ‘A second cluster of dogs consists of mastiff-like breeds, including the bulldog, Rottweiler, and boxer.’
    • ‘Such effects may explain why in bulldogs, a breed with compromised upper airway anatomy, there is significant worsening of sleep-disordered breathing in after 5 - HT receptor antagonism.’
    • ‘Other boxer authorities insist that Tom was a bulldog, but not an English one.’
    • ‘After Pastor and Coon waded through a street turned pond to collect her bulldog, Chance, and her chubby Labrador, Max, they set off to find Mr. McCobb.’
    • ‘From the ancestral wolf, humans selected forms as diverse as Chihuahuas, St. Bernards, poodles, and bulldogs.’
    • ‘Certainly one of the more unusual breeds in existence today, the Shar-Pei is prized for its eclectic appearance, looking like a crazy mix of a bulldog and baby hippo wrapped in a wrinkled blanket.’
    • ‘A stocky white dog, which looked like a bulldog, came charging through a hedge straight for Milly, with its owner strolling behind.’
    1. 1.1A person noted for courageous or stubborn tenacity.
      [as modifier] ‘the bulldog spirit’
      • ‘He doesn't have an athletic body but has a bulldog mentality.’
      • ‘He also has a bulldog persona that is a strength and an occasional burden.’
      • ‘His performance symbolised the true bulldog, never-say-die spirit which is deservedly admired.’
      • ‘With his bulldog faith, all of that is sure to come in due time.’
      • ‘A closer since 1998, Wickman has a bulldog mentality on the mound.’
      • ‘But despite the injuries, Ingle has battled his way back to fitness - epitomising the bulldog spirit which made him a success in the ring - and is still very much part of the sport.’
      • ‘What the team likes most about Graves is his bulldog demeanor.’
      • ‘The kid pitcher who impressed his teammates for his bulldog attitude as much as his pitching ability had no idea what was happening.’
      • ‘Heroic GB were minutes away from a great win when Darren Lockyer broke dogged bulldog resilience by scoring the match-winning try.’
      • ‘The 23-year-old throws a fastball, changeup and curve, but he has a bulldog approach to hitters and a fearless attitude typical of his youth but not likely to disappear with age.’
      • ‘Despite his bulldog effort, Burkett will never get it all back for the Vietnam vets.’
      • ‘He's a bulldog competitor, but the key to his success is confidence in a spike curveball.’
      • ‘A gentleman and a scholar throughout and, though it might sound trite, he's won a lot of people over in this World Cup for his British bulldog spirit.’
      • ‘Formed in the dark days after Dunkirk, the Local Defence Volunteers, later the Home Guard, were expected to make up for lack of weapons with bulldog spirit.’
      • ‘Once he found in Grant and Sherman a pair of bulldogs who ignored setbacks and would not let go, his ‘meddling’ diminished.’
      • ‘Tolkan lends his trademark bulldog intensity, while Monk gives her characters quirky grace and a hint of pranksterish glee.’
      • ‘He was a bulldog in his pursuits wearing down the most obstinate official.’
      • ‘Varitek gets a ton of credit for being a wonderful handler of the pitching staff and a bulldog who goes all out and motivates the team and really helps out on defense, but that's all stuff that's pretty hard to quantify.’
      • ‘The pulp fiction clichés that mar his portrait of Young's mother are typical: ‘A tough old dame, yet beneath the bulldog exterior lurked a sensitive soul’.’
      • ‘The police evidence was risible, the Crown prosecutor a lowbrow bulldog, and the defence counsel out of his depth.’
      determined, purposeful, purposive, resolved, decided, adamant, single-minded, firm, unswerving, unwavering, undaunted, fixed, set, intent, insistent
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  • 2informal (at Oxford and Cambridge Universities) an official who assists the proctors, especially in disciplinary matters.

    • ‘He must dodge the proctors, with their attendant evil the bulldogs, on their nightly prowl round the streets of Cambridge.’
    • ‘The full dress of a Proctor's man – or "bulldog", as he is vulgarly called-is picturesque enough, for it is of a seventeenth-century pattern and consists in a long blue cloak studded with brass buttons.’
    • ‘It is at the gates of this College you are most likely to see another traditional Oxford sight – a Bulldog (a university policeman or Proctor wearing a bowler hat.)’


[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Wrestle (a steer) to the ground by holding its horns and twisting its neck.

    ‘Cal was bulldogging a mean steer’
    [no object] ‘I bulldogged and rode broncos’
    ‘cowboys compete in bulldogging and bareback riding’
    • ‘This batch includes the grand entry, bronc riding, bulldogging, barrel racing, roping, cutting horses, and bull riding.’
    • ‘He rode steers for four years in the rodeo, and tried his hand at bulldogging.’
    • ‘A professional rider until her retirement in 1937, Kreig entered four traditional events: calf roping, bronc riding, bulldogging, and steer riding.’
    • ‘Buffalo Bill bulldogged an outlaw to the ground and hogtied him rodeo style.’
    • ‘Standing-room-only crowds cheered cowgirls as they competed in bareback riding, calf roping, the sponsor contest, cutting, team tying, saddle bronc riding, steer riding, and an exhibition bulldogging performance.’