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.

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  1. Bullying

    Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. The behavior is often 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. Justifications and rationalizations for such behavior sometimes include differences of class, race, religion, gender, sexuality, 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 currently has no legal definition of bullying, while some U.S. states have laws against it. Bullying consists of four basic types of abuse – emotional, verbal, physical, and cyber. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion such as intimidation.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

bully(noun)

a person who hurts or frightens other, weaker people

The fat boy was a bully at school.

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