What does bully mean?

Definitions for bully
ˈbʊl ibul·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bully.

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

Wiktionary

  1. bully(Noun)

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

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

  2. bully(Noun)

    A hired thug.

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

  3. bully(Noun)

    A prostitute's minder; a pimp.

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

  4. bully(Noun)

    Bully beef.

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

  5. bully(Noun)

    The penis.

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

  6. bully(Verb)

    To intimidate (someone) as a bully.

    You shouldn't bully people for being gay

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

  7. bully(Verb)

    To act aggressively towards.

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

  8. bully(Adjective)

    Very good; excellent.

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

  9. bully(Interjection)

    Well done!

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

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bully

    bool′i, n. a blustering, noisy, overbearing fellow: a ruffian hired to beat or intimidate any one: a fellow who lives upon the gains of a prostitute: (obs.) a term of familiarity to either man or woman.—adj. blustering: brisk: (U.S.) first-rate.—v.i. to bluster.—v.t. to threaten in a noisy way:—pr.p. bull′ying; pa.p. bull′ied.—n. Bull′yism.—v.t. Bull′yrag (coll.), to assail with abusive language, to overawe.—ns. Bull′yragging; Bull′y-rook, a bully.—Bully for you, bravo! [Perh. Dut. boel, a lover; cf. Ger. buhle.]

  2. Bully

    bool′i, n. a miner's hammer.

Editors Contribution

  1. bully

    It is a person who does something verbal or physical hurting you over and over.

    There is a bully at school that keeps bothering me.

    Submitted by JP03 on October 22, 2015  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bully in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bully in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of bully in a Sentence

  1. Steve Hilton:

    You should be able to handle tough questions by now and don't be such a bully, foul mouth ranting at a reporter doing her job is an embarrassment to you and the administration. You should apologize and people will think much more of you if you do.

  2. Gary King:

    She can be very influential. And she doesn't come across as a bully while she's doing it.

  3. Amy Schumer:

    I wish I could catch [ girls ] at that age right before somebody says the first mean thing to them, right before the first bully comes up and says something where you go,' Don't let them. Somebody is about to say something to you. Don't let that person question who you are. You know who you are, you're beautiful. Love yourself.' We need that as adults, too.

  4. Joe Biden:

    He's the bully that I knew my whole life. He's the bully that I've always stood up to.

  5. Priya Wal:

    When you play a character, you put parts of you in it. But I am a very different person off-screen. I am not so boisterous and not so tomboyish, in fact my friends bully me and I am like a damsel in distress. When you do a TV show, you become the character as you end up spending 14-15 hours on the sets.

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  • boelieAfrikaans
  • مستأسدArabic
  • побойник, главорез, първокласен, хулиган, заплашвам, тиранизирамBulgarian
  • šikanovatCzech
  • 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
  • گردن کلفتPersian
  • kiusaaja, kiusata, pahoinpitelijäFinnish
  • tyran, tourmenter, terroriser, maltraiter, brute, bravoFrench
  • ansmachtaí, ansmachtaighIrish
  • maoidh, maoidhear, burraidh, pulaidhScottish Gaelic
  • בריוןHebrew
  • megfélemlítHungarian
  • menggertakIndonesian
  • bullo, spaccone, arrogante, smargiasso, prepotenteItalian
  • 苛める, 苛め, 苛めっ子Japanese
  • 곯리다Korean
  • corruptor, saevusLatin
  • tītarakura, hawaiMāori
  • заплашува, тиранизира, силеџија, насилник, застрашуваMacedonian
  • wreedaard, pestkop, treiteren, treiteraar, pesten, jennen, bullebakDutch
  • 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
  • புல்லிTamil
  • zorbaTurkish
  • đầu gấuVietnamese
  • פאַרטשעפּעןYiddish
  • 欺負Chinese

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. askant
    • B. lacerate
    • C. bibulous
    • D. valetudinarian

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