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[boo l-ish] /ˈbʊl ɪʃ/
like a bull.
obstinate or stupid.
  1. rising in prices.
  2. characterized by favorable economic prospects.
  3. Informal. regarding a particular investment as potentially profitable (often followed by on):
    We're still bullish on treasury bonds.
hopeful; optimistic.
Origin of bullish
1560-70; bull1 + -ish1
Related forms
bullishly, adverb
bullishness, noun
superbullish, adjective
superbullishly, adverb
superbullishness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bullish
  • Investors remain bullish on commercial student housing.
  • His pale-blue eyes are small and set in a wide, bullish face, and his stare is coldly foxy.
  • Yet, in this period of bullish video game sales, there is some decidedly bad news.
  • Others are goldbug investors, desperately bullish on the metal despite years of declining prices.
  • Despite a few years of rising raw-materials prices, many traders remain bullish in part because of further bad news about supply.
  • Even then, with growth uncertain and unemployment rising, he seemed too bullish.
  • The mining firms are more bullish-but even they can't confidently predict the future path of the gold price.
  • Sure enough, the bullish story has started to unravel, if only at the edges.
  • To help make up the difference, they rely on expropriating land from farmers and flogging it to bullish property developers.
  • Practical measures could involve higher margin or collateral measures for those taking bullish bets.
British Dictionary definitions for bullish


like a bull
(stock exchange) causing, expecting, or characterized by a rise in prices: a bullish market
(informal) cheerful and optimistic: the prime minister was in a bullish mood
Derived Forms
bullishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bullish

1560s, from bull (n.1) + -ish; stock market sense is from 1882. Related: Bullishly; bullishness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bullish


  1. Favoring and exhibiting high prices and relatively quick turnover: a bullish market/ bullish advice (1880s+ Stock market)
  2. Showing a positive and hopeful attitude; encouraging •Often used with ''on'' or ''about'': She tends to be bullish about our prospects/ He's quite bullish on the new restaurant

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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