noun \ˈb-lē, ˈbə-\
plural bullies

Definition of BULLY

a :  sweetheart
b :  a fine chap
a :  a blustering browbeating person; especially :  one habitually cruel to others who are weaker
b :  pimp
:  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



—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

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


Related to BULLY

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
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched



: 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·lied bul·ly·ing

Full Definition of BULLY

transitive verb
:  to treat abusively
:  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




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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