cy·​ber·​bul·​ly·​ing ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ How to pronounce cyberbullying (audio)
: the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person (such as a student) often done anonymously
cyberbully noun or verb

Examples of cyberbullying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And with as many as 1 in 5 young people experiencing some form of cyberbullying, that's a major problem.9 However, teens who ate dinner with their families (ideally four or more times each week) reported fewer problems as a result of being bullied. Erica Jackson Curran, Parents, 23 May 2024 Maryland has not been spared from such violence and last year reported a rise in incidents of cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, physical aggression and other behavior threats. Alexander Williams Jr., Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2024 The hearing has also covered other safety issues related to teens and children on social media, such as cyberbullying, body-image issues, grooming, drugs and suicide. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 Posting cute little videos of dogs in need—the internet’s bread and butter, really—can draw some low-grade cyberbullying. Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for cyberbullying 

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Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cyberbullying was in 1998

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“Cyberbullying.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


cy·​ber·​bul·​ly·​ing ˈsī-bər-ˈbu̇l-ē-iŋ How to pronounce cyberbullying (audio)
: the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person often done anonymously
cyberbully noun or verb

Legal Definition


cy·​ber·​bul·​ly·​ing ˈsī-bər-ˌbu̇-lē-iŋ, -ˌbə- How to pronounce cyberbullying (audio)
: the verbal bullying of someone (as a classmate) through the use of often anonymous electronic communication (as online posts or text messages) see also cyberstalking
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