Definitions for bullyˈbʊl i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bul•lyˈbʊl i(n.)(pl.)-lies

  1. (n.)a quarrelsome, overbearing person who badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

  2. Archaic. a man hired to do violence.

  3. Obsolete. a pimp. a good friend; good fellow. a sweetheart.

  4. (v.t.)to intimidate or terrorize.

  5. (v.i.)to be loudly arrogant and overbearing.

  6. (adj.)Informal. fine; excellent.

    Category: Informal

  7. (interj.)(used to express approval).

Origin of bully:

1530–40; < MD boele lover

bul•lyˈbʊl i(n.)

  1. canned or pickled beef. Also called bul′ly beef`.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of bully:

1865–70; < F bouilli, short for boeuf bouilli boiled meat

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo(noun)

    a cruel and brutal fellow

  2. bully(adj)

    a hired thug

  3. bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(verb)

    very good

    "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"

  4. strong-arm, bully, browbeat, bullyrag, ballyrag, boss around, hector, push around(verb)

    be bossy towards

    "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"

  5. browbeat, bully, swagger(verb)

    discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bully(verb)ˈbʊl i

    to be cruel to a weaker person

    He was bullied at school.


  1. bully(Noun)

    A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.

  2. bully(Noun)

    A hired thug.

  3. bully(Noun)

    A prostituteu2019s minder; a pimp.

  4. bully(Noun)

    Bully beef.

  5. bully(Noun)

    The penis.

  6. bully(Verb)

    To intimidate (someone) as a bully.

    You shouldn't bully people for being gay

  7. bully(Verb)

    To act aggressively towards.

  8. bully(Adjective)

    Very good; excellent.

  9. bully(Interjection)

    Well done!

    She's finally leaving her abusive husband uE000186484uE001 bully for her!

  10. Origin: 1530, from boel, from boel, from bō-lan- (compare bole, buole, German Buhle), diminutive of expressive *bō- (“brother, father”). More at boy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bully(noun)

    a noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical fellow

  2. Bully(noun)

    a brisk, dashing fellow

  3. Bully(adj)

    jovial and blustering; dashing

  4. Bully(adj)

    fine; excellent; as, a bully horse

  5. Bully(verb)

    to intimidate with threats and by an overbearing, swaggering demeanor; to act the part of a bully toward

  6. Bully(verb)

    to act as a bully

Translations for bully

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who hurts or frightens other, weaker people

The fat boy was a bully at school.

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