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1bully

noun bul·ly \ˈb-lē, ˈbə-\
plural bullies

Definition of BULLY

1
archaic
a :  sweetheart
b :  a fine chap
2
a :  a blustering browbeating person; especially :  one habitually cruel to others who are weaker
b :  pimp
3
:  a hired ruffian

Origin of BULLY

probably from Middle Dutch boele lover; akin to Middle Low German bōle lover, Middle High German buole
First Known Use: 1538

Rhymes with BULLY

2bully

adjective

—used in phrases like bully for you to express approval or praise especially when the approval or praise is not sincere

Full Definition of BULLY

1
:  excellent —often used in interjectional expressions <bully for you>
2
:  resembling or characteristic of a bully

Examples of BULLY

  1. <that's a bully idea for reviving the town's retail center>

First Known Use of BULLY

1609

Related to BULLY

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, excellent, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

3bully

verb

: to frighten, hurt, or threaten (a smaller or weaker person) : to act like a bully toward (someone)

: to cause (someone) to do something by making threats or insults or by using force

bul·liedbul·ly·ing

Full Definition of BULLY

transitive verb
1
:  to treat abusively
2
:  to affect by means of force or coercion
intransitive verb
:  to use browbeating language or behavior :  bluster

Examples of BULLY

  1. He bullied his younger brothers.
  2. <children who had been bullied by their father since infancy>

First Known Use of BULLY

1693

4bully

noun

Definition of BULLY

:  pickled or canned usually corned beef

Origin of BULLY

probably modification of French (bœuf) boulli boiled beef
First Known Use: 1753

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