Definition of bullish in English:

bullish

adjective

  • 1Aggressively confident and self-assertive.

    ‘he has campaigned courageously despite difficulties that would have stopped many more bullish men’
    • ‘They should be able to close down the lane with their length, making it tough for even the bullish Artest and Wells to find much room to operate.’
    • ‘The DUP is shaping up with bullish electoral confidence in a unionist community snared in an apparently permanent quandary.’
    • ‘If a No.1 guy had to be identified today, coaches would tab the bullish Davis, who has run with purpose all spring.’
    • ‘Ralph is unique among MLS's top strikers in that he creates his own chances with his bullish play, skill, and determination, and can score on half-chances.’
    • ‘The multinationals were more bullish and aggressive in terms of growth and, up to eighteen months ago, SMEs found it more difficult to recruit for executive positions.’
    • ‘He won't attempt to predict the future or make bullish claims about what Rangers will achieve this season.’
    • ‘Sergio Garcia is the kind of aggressive, confident young buck from whom you would expect to hear bullish talk.’
    • ‘The Devil Rays are looking more and more bullish everyday, as a Gonzalez, Zambrano, Gaudin, Switzer, Brazelton rotation is looking mighty fine.’
    • ‘Observers will be watching for signs of any shift in Mr FitzPatrick's fairly upbeat, if not bullish stance.’
    • ‘RB Warrick Dunn is tough to contain in the open field, and backup T.J. Duckett is a bullish runner who can push piles.’
    • ‘Not as lavishly talented as Coulter, the bullish midfielder ran himself into the ground with an aggressive never-say-die 60 minutes.’
    • ‘Overall, Noonan performed well, delivering to a relieved party a confident, bullish, passionate outline of where he would take Fine Gael from here.’
    • ‘CEOs, by nature bullish, determined, and even arrogant, don't like to plan for their own retirements, let alone their deaths.’
    • ‘Reading interviews at the time, he struck me as being positively bullish in his defence.’
    • ‘Yes, there's a shed-load of the Jam, The Smiths and Gene to be heard in Over the Counter Culture, but look past the easy comparisons and a confident, bullish debut begins to assert itself.’
    • ‘But Stewart is coach Bobby Ross' kind of rusher: a bullish no-nonsense runner, just as capable of running around tacklers as through them.’
    • ‘The Fianna Fáil camp is bullish to the point of supreme confidence.’
    • ‘Mary White, the Green Party candidate for Carlow / Kilkenny, was in buoyant, bullish mood as she canvassed the Woodlawn Park housing estate in Borris on Friday morning last.’
    • ‘The Pistons would often try to confuse Jordan with multiple looks, be it the passive, sagging defense of Joe Dumars or the bullish, in-your-face style of Dennis Rodman.’
    • ‘In an attempt to preserve Taylor's health, the bullish combination of Fuamatu-Ma'afala and Jones will be used frequently in short-yardage situations.’
    optimistic, hopeful, buoyant, positive, disposed to look on the bright side, sanguine, confident, cheerful, cheery, bright, assured, animated, spirited
    upbeat
    of good cheer
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  • 2Stock Market
    Characterized by rising share prices.

    ‘the market was bullish’
    • ‘At the time, the market was bullish about the firm's earnings and sales growth prospects.’
    • ‘As often happens, when the market gets too bullish or too bearish, conditions become ripe for a reversal.’
    • ‘For instance, the last two weeks could have shown the market to be bullish while the last two years may have displayed a bearish tendency.’
    • ‘Bubblemouth analysts do well in bullish markets.’
    • ‘When the market is strongly bullish, the astute trader is ready to short the market.’
    • ‘The London market finished the week on a bullish note yesterday, with shares surging ahead as investor confidence improved.’
    • ‘A black up-arrow shows the market turning somewhat more bullish and less volatile in Apr 2002.’
    • ‘The phenomenon has shown no signs of waning, even during bullish periods in the stock market.’
    • ‘That growth was fuelled by number of factors, not least the bullish market, a strong economy and low interest rates on deposit accounts.’
    • ‘Among the nastiest was 27 October 1997, when a basically bullish market started to be rattled by mounting worries over emerging markets, especially debt-laden Asia.’
    optimistic, hopeful, buoyant, positive, disposed to look on the bright side, sanguine, confident, cheerful, cheery, bright, assured, animated, spirited
    upbeat
    of good cheer
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    1. 2.1(of a dealer) inclined to buy because of an anticipated rise in prices.
      ‘high points in the stock market cycle, when investors are at their most bullish’
      • ‘He said he was turning bullish because tech shares couldn't go any lower.’
      • ‘Everyone can get all bullish because they see liquidity everywhere, but that is kind of textbook, too; that's the way credit bubbles suck everyone in at the end.’
      • ‘Faber said the question of whether he was bullish or bearish about stock markets around the world was irrelevant.’
      • ‘We'd had a successful year previously, so we were confident and bullish about buying.’
      • ‘An equity strategist at Morgan Stanley, he is currently one of the most bullish of commentators, stating definitively that the worst is over.’
      • ‘Goodbody Stockbrokers are slightly more bullish and forecast quarterly adjusted earnings of 27.9c per share from revenue of $138.3m.’
      • ‘What is the advisor's current market view, bullish, bearish or neutral?’
      • ‘Some analysts consider it a sign that investors may be too bullish, too willing to expect last year's enormous gains to be repeated.’
      • ‘‘Sometimes the market gets in a rut,’ a usually bullish trader in London said.’
      • ‘Interestingly, many within the bullish camp argue that money supply growth is in no way excessive, especially when compared to GDP growth.’
      • ‘When people are too bullish, they push prices to outlandish levels, and set the stage for a market tumble.’
      • ‘S & P market analyst Paul Cherney on bullish investors, the Dow, and when to buy.’
      • ‘Favourable global economic conditions has encouraged analysts to be bullish about shares.’
      • ‘Others are being less bullish, but even the lowest forecast puts diesel share at 40 percent.’
      • ‘Every casual stock market participant is now bullish.’
      • ‘Buyers continued to be bullish during the sale's second session and helped push gross receipt totals and average price figures to record numbers.’
      • ‘While we don't think much of his ‘economics,’ he does enthusiastically and clearly articulate the flawed view of the bullish consensus.’
      • ‘Add to that the administrative hurdles of getting any new business off of the ground, and it's easy to see why even the most bullish Internet analysts foresee a major shakeout down the road.’
      • ‘While ignored by the bullish contingent, we will highlight recent data on corporate debt quality that is quite disconcerting.’
      • ‘The present actions of the hapless Joe Punter are good reasons to be bullish on shares.’
    2. 2.2Confident or optimistic about something.
      ‘we are very bullish about our prospects’
      • ‘With a compliant workforce and a plant that has the potential to produce a high quality mass-market car very efficiently, Opel management is bullish in mood.’
      • ‘But I am less bullish about Johnson's prospects.’
      • ‘Infected with space-race fever, the Americans were bullish about their new technological acquisition.’
      • ‘Just a year ago it admitted its 1998 China ‘baselines,’ assumptions used to predict Chinese ag imports, had been wildly bullish.’
      • ‘In 2001 Krugman was bullish on America as we were slipping into a recession because tax cuts were being advocated as a recession-fighter.’
      • ‘Oh, long term, I'm very bullish on the U.S. economy, Wolf.’
      • ‘This year's recipient of APA's Outstanding Leadership Award is bullish about the chances for passing patient protection legislation.’
      • ‘The question is whether corporations would be so bullish on racial preferences in university admissions were they not under such pressure to diversify their own workforces.’
      • ‘The question is how long the chartists will stay bullish on the dollar.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly trademark applicants were enormously bullish in 1999.’
      • ‘So all of these are reasons that I'm bullish on the evening news.’
      • ‘Oil prices may have just hit record levels, but the International Monetary Fund is even more bullish about global economic growth in 2004 than it was six months ago.’
      • ‘I believe that I am bullish on America over the long-term.’
      • ‘Last year, I was too bullish on the economy, convinced that Terror War spending would cause enough increase in aggregate demand to jumpstart us out of the doldrums.’
      • ‘The normally cautious Yankee Group is even more bullish, projecting 42 million satellite radio subscribers in as little as five years.’
      • ‘While cable ad sales execs have been bullish about the industry's prospects, broadcast has held off much of cable's Nielsen advance.’
      • ‘Still, when looked at as a percentage of total automotive lighting, LED use is just a sliver, and an expensive one at that, so why are LED makers so bullish?’
      • ‘Today, the dollar rose, oil fell, stocks rallied and investors got bullish on the economy.’
      • ‘They are still quite bullish, and, according to the data, 72 percent said they believe they will be employed within three months.’
      • ‘Record industry moguls are bullish about the future of their industry following the outcome of the Napster trial.’

Pronunciation:

bullish

/ˈbʊlɪʃ/