Definition of bulldog in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝olˌdôɡ/


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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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • From the ancestral wolf, humans selected forms as diverse as Chihuahuas, St. Bernards, poodles, and bulldogs.
  • The bulldog, although bred originally for close encounters in blood sports, was a cuddlesome, affable creature beneath the ferocity and gore.
1.1A person noted for courageous or stubborn tenacity: [as modifier]: the bulldog spirit
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  • 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.
  • He doesn't have an athletic body but has a bulldog mentality.
  • A closer since 1998, Wickman has a bulldog mentality on the mound.
1.2 informal (At Oxford and Cambridge Universities) an official who assists the proctors, especially in disciplinary matters.
Example sentences
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • He must dodge the proctors, with their attendant evil the bulldogs, on their nightly prowl round the streets of Cambridge.

verb (bulldogs, bulldogging, bulldogged)

[with object] North American
Wrestle (a steer) to the ground by holding its horns and twisting its neck: (as noun bulldogging) cowboys compete in bulldogging and bareback riding
More example sentences
  • This batch includes the grand entry, bronc riding, bulldogging, barrel racing, roping, cutting horses, and bull riding.
  • Buffalo Bill bulldogged an outlaw to the ground and hogtied him rodeo style.
  • He rode steers for four years in the rodeo, and tried his hand at bulldogging.



Example sentences
  • Often competing in Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming as well as other western states, he was a world champion rodeo bulldogger for several years.
  • The bulldogger eases down the right side of horse, reaching for the steer's horns with his hands.
  • If the bulldogger breaks the barrier before the steer reaches his head start, a 10-second penalty is assessed.

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Syllabification: bull·dog

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