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.

Exact synonyms: Bulldog
Generic synonyms: Working Dog
Specialized synonyms: French Bulldog
Derivative terms: Bulldog

Lexicographical Neighbors of English Bulldog

English Bluebell
English Canada
English Carrier
English Carriers
English Channel
English Civil War
English English
English Midlands
English Revolution
English bean
English billiards
English bond
English bonds
English breakfast tea
English bulldog (current term)
English cavalry saddle
English cocker spaniel
English covenants
English daisy
English department
English disease
English elm
English foxhound
English hawthorn
English horn
English horns
English iris
English ivy

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, ..."

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