Definitions for bullyˈbʊl i
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word bully
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(n.)a quarrelsome, overbearing person who badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.
Archaic. a man hired to do violence.
Obsolete. a pimp. a good friend; good fellow. a sweetheart.
(v.t.)to intimidate or terrorize.
(v.i.)to be loudly arrogant and overbearing.
(adj.)Informal. fine; excellent.
(interj.)(used to express approval).
Origin of bully:
1530–40; < MD boele lover
canned or pickled beef. Also called bul′ly beef`.
Origin of bully:
1865–70; < F bouilli, short for boeuf bouilli boiled meat
bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo(noun)
a cruel and brutal fellow
a hired thug
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(verb)
"he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
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"
browbeat, bully, swagger(verb)
discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to be cruel to a weaker person
He was bullied at school.
A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.
A hired thug.
A prostituteu2019s minder; a pimp.
To intimidate (someone) as a bully.
You shouldn't bully people for being gay
To act aggressively towards.
Very good; excellent.
She's finally leaving her abusive husband uE000186484uE001 bully for her!
Origin: 1530, from boel, from boel, from bō-lan- (compare bole, buole, German Buhle), diminutive of expressive *bō- (“brother, father”). More at boy.
a noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical fellow
a brisk, dashing fellow
jovial and blustering; dashing
fine; excellent; as, a bully horse
to intimidate with threats and by an overbearing, swaggering demeanor; to act the part of a bully toward
to act as a bully
Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is oftenly repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability. If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing. "Targets" of bullying are also sometimes referred to as "victims" of bullying. Bullying can be defined in many different ways. The UK has no legal definition of bullying, while some U.S. states have laws against it. Bullying is divided into four basic types of abuse – emotional, verbal, physical, and cyber. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion, such as intimidation.
Translations for bully
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- побойник, главорез, първокласен, хулиган, заплашвам, тиранизирамBulgarian
- tyrannisere, herse med, mobbe, udmærket, fint, bølle, tyran, finDanish
- Bully, Tyrann, kujonieren, tyrannisieren, Rabauke, Schikaneur, einschüchtern, schikanieren, drangsalierenGerman
- ĉikani, ĉikanulo, braveEsperanto
- matón, abusador, intimidar, pendenciero, perdonavidas, tiranizar, bravucón, abusón, sicario, peleón, chulear, acosar, matasieteSpanish
- kiusaja, riiukukk, türanniseerima, türann, terroriseerimaEstonian
- kiusaaja, kiusata, pahoinpitelijäFinnish
- tyran, tourmenter, terroriser, maltraiter, brute, bravoFrench
- ansmachtaí, ansmachtaighIrish
- maoidh, maoidhear, burraidh, pulaidhScottish Gaelic
- bullo, spaccone, arrogante, smargiasso, prepotenteItalian
- 苛める, 苛め, 苛めっ子Japanese
- tītarakura, hawaiMāori
- заплашува, тиранизира, силеџија, насилник, застрашуваMacedonian
- wreedaard, pestkop, treiteren, treiteraar, pesten, jennenDutch
- intimidar, oprimir, atormentar, tiranizar, valente, rufião, valentão, bravo, bulir, aterrorizar, maltratarPortuguese
- tiran, intimidaRomanian
- громила, хулиган, запугивать, застращать, тиранизировать, задрать, терроризировать, задира, забияка, тиран, запугать, стращать, задиратьRussian
- mobbare, mobbaSwedish
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