Definition of English bulldog
1. Noun. A sturdy thickset short-haired breed with a large head and strong undershot lower jaw; developed originally in England for bull baiting.
Generic synonyms: Working Dog
Specialized synonyms: French Bulldog
Derivative terms: Bulldog
Lexicographical Neighbors of English Bulldog
Literary usage of English bulldog
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. British Dogs, Their Points, Selection, and Show Preparation by William D. Drury (1903)
"The tyro, in mating a very small English bulldog with a very small bitch of the same breed, would probably expect to produce small puppies. ..."
2. The Show Dog: Being a Book Devoted to Describing the Cardinal Virtues and by Harry Woodworth Huntington (1901)
"It will be noticed that the standard of the English bulldog distinctly ... Where the conformation of the fore-parts are on the lines of the English bulldog, ..."
3. The Connoisseur by George Colman, B. Thornton (1904)
"This petty quarrel is made the subject of a skit that bears the comical title—"The bone of Contention or the English bulldog and the ..."
4. The Complete Dog Book by William A. Bruette (1922)
"... which in the French should show some slight protrusion of the under]aw and some turn-up but no lay-back, which, through English bulldog optics, ..."