Definition of bullish in US English:



  • 1Resembling a bull.

    ‘a sketch of his round, bullish head’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Trrol's lashing tail snaked around one of the bullish man's ankles and soon succeeded in unbalancing him.’
    • ‘The man was tall and bullish; his chest was thrust forward and his chin jutted out so prominently that Peter was amazed he could see beyond that promontory.’
    • ‘That's why DeShawn Wynn, a bullish Maurice Clarett-type tailback, will find it harder and harder to run against defenses that know Leak is zero threat to run the option.’
    • ‘Another mother I knew used to bring a tea-towel and if there was any petting or deep snogging, she would jump up and wave the tea-towel in front of the television as if she was a matador baiting her bullish children!’
    1. 1.1 Stupid or oafish; bullheaded.
      ‘it's impossible to reason with such a bullish man’
      • ‘Sims come in one of 12 personalities, based on the signs of the zodiac (those who follow astrology will get devious pleasure in watching an Aries lock horns with a bullish Taurus).’
    2. 1.2 Assertively masculine; macho.
      ‘his infamous bullish machismo’
      • ‘Tegeler deservedly had a reputation as a demanding, bullish man.’
      • ‘He's by turns short-tempered, bullish, charming and vulnerable here, exhibiting more range than ever before.’
      • ‘He is right - his statement is not a riddle, but an unconvincing smokescreen for bullish aggression.’
    3. 1.3British Aggressively confident and self-assertive.
      ‘the team is at its most bullish’
      • ‘The Devil Rays are looking more and more bullish everyday, as a Gonzalez, Zambrano, Gaudin, Switzer, Brazelton rotation is looking mighty fine.’
      • ‘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 DUP is shaping up with bullish electoral confidence in a unionist community snared in an apparently permanent quandary.’
      • ‘Overall, Noonan performed well, delivering to a relieved party a confident, bullish, passionate outline of where he would take Fine Gael from here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘RB Warrick Dunn is tough to contain in the open field, and backup T.J. Duckett is a bullish runner who can push piles.’
      • ‘CEOs, by nature bullish, determined, and even arrogant, don't like to plan for their own retirements, let alone their deaths.’
      • ‘The Fianna Fáil camp is bullish to the point of supreme confidence.’
      • ‘But Stewart is coach Bobby Ross' kind of rusher: a bullish no-nonsense runner, just as capable of running around tacklers as through them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘If a No.1 guy had to be identified today, coaches would tab the bullish Davis, who has run with purpose all spring.’
      • ‘Not as lavishly talented as Coulter, the bullish midfielder ran himself into the ground with an aggressive never-say-die 60 minutes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reading interviews at the time, he struck me as being positively bullish in his defence.’
      • ‘Observers will be watching for signs of any shift in Mr FitzPatrick's fairly upbeat, if not bullish stance.’
      optimistic, hopeful, buoyant, positive, disposed to look on the bright side, sanguine, confident, cheerful, cheery, bright, assured, animated, spirited
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  • 2Stock Market
    Characterized by rising share prices.

    ‘the market was bullish’
    • ‘That growth was fuelled by number of factors, not least the bullish market, a strong economy and low interest rates on deposit accounts.’
    • ‘The London market finished the week on a bullish note yesterday, with shares surging ahead as investor confidence improved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the market is strongly bullish, the astute trader is ready to short the market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bubblemouth analysts do well in bullish markets.’
    • ‘The phenomenon has shown no signs of waning, even during bullish periods in the stock market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A black up-arrow shows the market turning somewhat more bullish and less volatile in Apr 2002.’
    optimistic, hopeful, buoyant, positive, disposed to look on the bright side, sanguine, confident, cheerful, cheery, bright, assured, animated, spirited
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    1. 2.1 (of a dealer) inclined to buy because of an anticipated rise in prices.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said he was turning bullish because tech shares couldn't go any lower.’
      • ‘Goodbody Stockbrokers are slightly more bullish and forecast quarterly adjusted earnings of 27.9c per share from revenue of $138.3m.’
      • ‘When people are too bullish, they push prices to outlandish levels, and set the stage for a market tumble.’
      • ‘‘Sometimes the market gets in a rut,’ a usually bullish trader in London said.’
      • ‘While we don't think much of his ‘economics,’ he does enthusiastically and clearly articulate the flawed view of the bullish consensus.’
      • ‘Others are being less bullish, but even the lowest forecast puts diesel share at 40 percent.’
      • ‘An equity strategist at Morgan Stanley, he is currently one of the most bullish of commentators, stating definitively that the worst is over.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Favourable global economic conditions has encouraged analysts to be bullish about shares.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some analysts consider it a sign that investors may be too bullish, too willing to expect last year's enormous gains to be repeated.’
      • ‘The present actions of the hapless Joe Punter are good reasons to be bullish on shares.’
      • ‘We'd had a successful year previously, so we were confident and bullish about buying.’
      • ‘What is the advisor's current market view, bullish, bearish or neutral?’
      • ‘Faber said the question of whether he was bullish or bearish about stock markets around the world was irrelevant.’
      • ‘S & P market analyst Paul Cherney on bullish investors, the Dow, and when to buy.’
      • ‘Interestingly, many within the bullish camp argue that money supply growth is in no way excessive, especially when compared to GDP growth.’
      • ‘While ignored by the bullish contingent, we will highlight recent data on corporate debt quality that is quite disconcerting.’
  • 3Confident or optimistic about something.

    ‘those who are bullish on the nation's economic 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.’
    • ‘The normally cautious Yankee Group is even more bullish, projecting 42 million satellite radio subscribers in as little as five years.’
    • ‘This year's recipient of APA's Outstanding Leadership Award is bullish about the chances for passing patient protection legislation.’
    • ‘While cable ad sales execs have been bullish about the industry's prospects, broadcast has held off much of cable's Nielsen advance.’
    • ‘Oh, long term, I'm very bullish on the U.S. economy, Wolf.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just a year ago it admitted its 1998 China ‘baselines,’ assumptions used to predict Chinese ag imports, had been wildly bullish.’
    • ‘Record industry moguls are bullish about the future of their industry following the outcome of the Napster trial.’
    • ‘I believe that I am bullish on America over the long-term.’
    • ‘In 2001 Krugman was bullish on America as we were slipping into a recession because tax cuts were being advocated as a recession-fighter.’
    • ‘Infected with space-race fever, the Americans were bullish about their new technological acquisition.’
    • ‘Today, the dollar rose, oil fell, stocks rallied and investors got bullish on the economy.’
    • ‘The question is how long the chartists will stay bullish on the dollar.’
    • ‘So all of these are reasons that I'm bullish on the evening news.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly trademark applicants were enormously bullish in 1999.’
    • ‘But I am less bullish about Johnson's prospects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘They are still quite bullish, and, according to the data, 72 percent said they believe they will be employed within three months.’
    • ‘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.’