Definition of John Bull in English:

John Bull


  • A personification of England or the typical Englishman, represented as a stout red-faced farmer in a top hat and high boots.

    • ‘Henceforth, Palmerston found that he could control the electorate (which in fact he feared) by this John Bull approach.’
    • ‘In the last few years we've had Heffer, Paxman, Marr, Nairn, Davies, Barnett Marquand and now Andrew Marr, all interrogating the soul of John Bull.’


Late 18th century: from the name of a character representing the English nation in John Arbuthnot's satire Law is a Bottomless Pit; or, the History of John Bull (1712).


John Bull