Thesaurus

bully

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of bully

  1. of the very best kind that's a bully idea for reviving the town's retail center Synonyms of 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], wonderfulWords Related to bully acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditionalNear Antonyms of bully bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rateAntonyms of bully atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched


bully

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of bully

  1. 1 a person who teases, threatens, or hurts smaller or weaker persons officials were warned that if they wished to avoid a school shooting, they had to deal with the local bullies Synonyms of bully bullyboy, hector, intimidator Words Related to bully antagonist, enemy; abuser, baiter, giber (or jiber), harasser, harrier, heckler, mocker, needler, oppressor, persecutor, ridiculer, taunter, tease, teaser, torturer; goon, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, mug, punk, rough, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy); cutthroat, felon, gangster, gunman, mobster, racketeer

  2. 2 a violent, brutal person who is often a member of an organized gang the local loan shark and his bullies have ways of making people pay up Synonyms of bully hoodlum, gangbanger, gangsta, gangster, goon, gorilla, hood, hooligan, mobster, mug, plug-ugly, punk, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy), yob [British], yobbo [British]Words Related to bully cutthroat, scoundrel, villain; assassin, bandit, bravo, brigand, criminal, crook, desperado, felon, gunman, highwayman, lawbreaker, mafioso, malefactor, offender, outlaw, perp, perpetrator, pirate; pickpocket, racketeer, robber, swindler, thief, vandal; juvenile delinquent, tearaway [British]


bully

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of bully

  1. 1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon children who had been bullied by their father since infancy Synonyms of bully brutalize, abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, kick around, maltreat, manhandle, mess over [slang], mishandle, mistreat, misuseWords Related to bully molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture; burn, sandbag, victimize, wrong; beat (up), mess (up), rough (up), work (over)Near Antonyms of bully care (for), cherish, foster, nurture; baby, cater (to), coddle, favor, gratify, humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil

  2. 2 to make timid or fearful by or as if by threats the older boys constantly bullied him to the point where he was afraid to walk home alone Synonyms of bully blackjack, bogart, browbeat, bulldoze, intimidate, bullyrag, cow, hector, mau-mau, strong-armWords Related to bully bluster, trash-talk; affright, alarm (also alarum), frighten, horrify, scare, shock, spook, startle, terrify; menace, terrorize, threaten; badger, harass, hound; bludgeon, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, force, make, oblige, press, pressure, push around; demoralize, psych (out), unman, unnerve; discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, upsetNear Antonyms of bully cheer, comfort, console, reassure, solace, soothe; embolden, encourage, hearten, steel; convince, persuade

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bully? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the significant part of a grievance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!