Definition of bullish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊlɪʃ/


1Aggressively confident and self-assertive: he has campaigned courageously despite difficulties that would have stopped many more bullish men
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  • He won't attempt to predict the future or make bullish claims about what Rangers will achieve this season.
  • Overall, Noonan performed well, delivering to a relieved party a confident, bullish, passionate outline of where he would take Fine Gael from here.
  • The DUP is shaping up with bullish electoral confidence in a unionist community snared in an apparently permanent quandary.
2 Stock Market Characterized by rising share prices: the market was bullish
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  • The London market finished the week on a bullish note yesterday, with shares surging ahead as investor confidence improved.
  • The phenomenon has shown no signs of waning, even during bullish periods in the stock market.
  • As often happens, when the market gets too bullish or too bearish, conditions become ripe for a reversal.
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
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  • ‘Sometimes the market gets in a rut,’ a usually bullish trader in London said.
  • Faber said the question of whether he was bullish or bearish about stock markets around the world was irrelevant.
  • When people are too bullish, they push prices to outlandish levels, and set the stage for a market tumble.
2.2Confident or optimistic about something: we are very bullish about our prospects
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oh, long term, I'm very bullish on the U.S. economy, Wolf.



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  • Ed, however, remains bullishly optimistic, as this new series reveals.
  • ‘The numbers speak for themselves,’ Berwin says bullishly.
  • ‘I always thought you judged a race after it's over,’ he says bullishly.


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  • Wall Street insiders attributed this bullishness to optimism about new technologies.
  • To hear professional investors tell it, their current bullishness is based on the vastly more prudent economic policies that emerging-market nations have adopted.
  • Above all, there is a genuine bullishness that the NFL's development league can continue to thrive in the face of the expected competition offered by the WWF-backed Extreme Football League.

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