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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

Synonym Discussion of BULLY

intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another <intimidated by so many other bright freshmen>. cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost <not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business>. bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats <bulldozed the city council into approving the plan>. bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior <bullied into giving up their lunch money>. browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment <browbeat the witness into a contradiction>.

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
BULLIES Defined for Kids

1bully

noun bul·ly \ˈb-lē\
plural bul·lies

Definition of BULLY for Kids

:  a person who teases, hurts, or threatens smaller or weaker persons

2bully

verb
bul·liedbul·ly·ing

Definition of BULLY for Kids

:  to tease, hurt, or threaten a smaller or weaker person :  to act like a bully toward

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