Bully meaning

bo͝olē
A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.
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The definition of a bully is someone who is mean to others and who throws his weight around.

An example of a bully is the big kid on the playground who steals everyone's lunch money.

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To force one's way aggressively or by intimidation.
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A pimp.
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A hired ruffian; a thug.
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A person who hurts, frightens, or tyrannizes over those who are smaller or weaker.
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To behave like a bully.
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Excellent; splendid.

Did a bully job of persuading the members.

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Used to express approval.

Bully for you!

interjection
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Canned or pickled beef.
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To hurt, frighten, or tyrannize over, as a bully does; browbeat.
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To behave like a bully.
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(informal) Good; well done.
interjection
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(archaic) A pimp.
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(brit., dial.) A companion or comrade.
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To act aggressively towards.
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(archaic) A hired cutthroat or thug.
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(archaic) A fine fellow.
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Canned or corned beef.
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To intimidate (someone) as a bully.

You shouldn't bully people for being gay.

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Dashing, hearty, or jolly.

My bully lad.

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(informal) Fine; very good.
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A noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical fellow.
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A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.

A playground bully pushed a girl off the swing.

I noticed you being a bully towards people with disabilities.

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(slang) Jovial and blustering; dashing.
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(often followed by for) Well done!

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

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To treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner.
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To make (one's way) aggressively.
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(uncountable) Bully beef.
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The small scrum in the Eton College field game.
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A small freshwater fish.
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(US, slang) Very good; excellent.

A bully horse.

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(archaic) A sweetheart.
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(archaic) A fine person.
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Origin of bully

  • Perhaps French bouilli boiled meat, label on canned beef from past participle of bouillir to boil from Old French boilir boil1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from Middle Dutch boele sweetheart probably alteration of broeder brother bhrāter- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1530, from Dutch boel (“lover, brother”), from Middle Dutch boel, boele (“brother, lover”), from Proto-Germanic *bō-lan- (compare Middle Low German bōle (“brother”), Middle High German buole (“brother, close relative, close relation”), German Buhle (“lover”)), diminutive of expressive *bō- (“brother, father”). More at boy.

    From Wiktionary