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bully

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noun bul·ly \ˈbu̇-lē, ˈbə-\

Definition of bully

plural bullies

  1. 1 archaic a :  sweetheart b :  a fine chap

  2. 2 a :  a blustering browbeating person; especially :  one habitually cruel to others who are weaker b :  pimp

  3. 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


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bully

adjective bul·ly

Simple Definition of bully

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bully

  1. 1 :  excellent —often used in interjectional expressions <bully for you>

  2. 2 :  resembling or characteristic of a bully

Examples of bully in a sentence

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



1609

First Known Use of bully

1609


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bully

verb bul·ly

Simple Definition of bully

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bully

bulliedbullying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat abusively

  3. 2 :  to affect by means of force or coercion

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to use browbeating language or behavior :  bluster

Examples of bully in a sentence

  1. He bullied his younger brothers.

  2. <children who had been bullied by their father since infancy>



1693

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>.

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bully

noun bul·ly

Definition of bully

  1. :  pickled or canned usually corned beef



Origin of bully

probably modification of French (bœuf) boulli boiled beef


First Known Use: 1753


BULLY Defined for Kids

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bully

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noun bul·ly \ˈbu̇-lē\

Definition of bully for Students

plural bullies

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




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bully

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verb bul·ly

Definition of bully for Students

bulliedbullying

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





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