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bul·ly 1

 (bo͝ol′ē)
n. pl. bul·lies
1. A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.
2. A hired ruffian; a thug.
3. A pimp.
4. Archaic A fine person.
5. Archaic A sweetheart.
v. bul·lied, bul·ly·ing, bul·lies
v.tr.
1. To treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner. See Synonyms at intimidate.
2. To make (one's way) aggressively.
v.intr.
1. To behave like a bully.
2. To force one's way aggressively or by intimidation: "They bully into line at the gas pump" (Martin Gottfried).
adj.
Excellent; splendid: did a bully job of persuading the members.
interj.
Used to express approval: Bully for you!

[Possibly from Middle Dutch boele, sweetheart, probably alteration of broeder, brother; see bhrāter- in Indo-European roots.]

bul·ly 2

 (bo͝ol′ē)
n.
Canned or pickled beef. Also called bully beef.

[Perhaps French bouilli, boiled meat, label on canned beef, from past participle of bouillir, to boil, from Old French boilir; see boil1.]

bully

(ˈbʊlɪ)
n, pl -lies
1. a person who hurts, persecutes, or intimidates weaker people
2. archaic a hired ruffian
3. obsolete a procurer; pimp
4. obsolete a fine fellow or friend
5. obsolete a sweetheart; darling
vb, -lies, -lying or -lied
(when: tr, often foll by into) to hurt, intimidate, or persecute (a weaker or smaller person), esp to make him or her do something
adj
6. dashing; jolly: my bully boy.
7. informal very good; fine
interj
informal Also: bully for you well done! bravo!
[C16 (in the sense: sweetheart, hence fine fellow, hence swaggering coward): probably from Middle Dutch boele lover, from Middle High German buole, perhaps childish variant of bruoder brother]

bully

(ˈbʊlɪ)
n, pl -lies
(Animals) any of various small freshwater fishes of the genera Gobiomorphus and Philynodon of New Zealand. Also called (NZ): pakoko, titarakura or toitoi
[C20: short for cockabully]

bul•ly1

(ˈbʊl i)

n., pl. -lies, n.
1. a quarrelsome, overbearing person who badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.
2. Archaic. a man hired to do violence.
3. Obsolete.
a. a pimp.
b. a good friend; good fellow.
c. a sweetheart.
v.t.
4. to intimidate or terrorize.
v.i.
5. to be loudly arrogant and overbearing.
adj.
6. Informal. fine; excellent.
interj.
7. (used to express approval).
[1530–40; < Middle Dutch boele lover]

bul•ly2

(ˈbʊl i)

n.
canned or pickled beef. Also called bul′ly beef`.
[1865–70; < French bouilli, short for boeuf bouilli boiled meat]

bully

- First meant lover or sweetheart, then fine fellow, then blusterer, then "person who harms or threatens weaker people."
See also related terms for sweetheart.

bully


Past participle: bullied
Gerund: bullying

Imperative
bully
bully
Present
I bully
you bully
he/she/it bullies
we bully
you bully
they bully
Preterite
I bullied
you bullied
he/she/it bullied
we bullied
you bullied
they bullied
Present Continuous
I am bullying
you are bullying
he/she/it is bullying
we are bullying
you are bullying
they are bullying
Present Perfect
I have bullied
you have bullied
he/she/it has bullied
we have bullied
you have bullied
they have bullied
Past Continuous
I was bullying
you were bullying
he/she/it was bullying
we were bullying
you were bullying
they were bullying
Past Perfect
I had bullied
you had bullied
he/she/it had bullied
we had bullied
you had bullied
they had bullied
Future
I will bully
you will bully
he/she/it will bully
we will bully
you will bully
they will bully
Future Perfect
I will have bullied
you will have bullied
he/she/it will have bullied
we will have bullied
you will have bullied
they will have bullied
Future Continuous
I will be bullying
you will be bullying
he/she/it will be bullying
we will be bullying
you will be bullying
they will be bullying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bullying
you have been bullying
he/she/it has been bullying
we have been bullying
you have been bullying
they have been bullying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bullying
you will have been bullying
he/she/it will have been bullying
we will have been bullying
you will have been bullying
they will have been bullying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bullying
you had been bullying
he/she/it had been bullying
we had been bullying
you had been bullying
they had been bullying
Conditional
I would bully
you would bully
he/she/it would bully
we would bully
you would bully
they would bully
Past Conditional
I would have bullied
you would have bullied
he/she/it would have bullied
we would have bullied
you would have bullied
they would have bullied

bully

Played on the spot where an incident or accident occurred to restart the game. A player taps the stick first on the ground on his/her own side of the ball, then against his/her opponent’s stick above the ball. This is done three times after which one player must strike the ball.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bully - a cruel and brutal fellowbully - a cruel and brutal fellow    
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker - someone who attacks
bullyboy - a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction
muscleman, muscle - a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard; "the drug lord had his muscleman to protect him"
skinhead - a young person who belongs to a British or American group that shave their heads and gather at rock concerts or engage in white supremacist demonstrations
plug-ugly, tough guy - someone who bullies weaker people
2.bully - a hired thug
hood, hoodlum, punk, strong-armer, thug, toughie, goon, tough - an aggressive and violent young criminal
Verb1.bully - be bossy towardsbully - be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"
intimidate - make timid or fearful; "Her boss intimidates her"
domineer, tyrannise, tyrannize - rule or exercise power over (somebody) in a cruel and autocratic manner; "her husband and mother-in-law tyrannize her"
2.bully - discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, sweet-talk, wheedle, palaver - influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"
Adj.1.bully - very goodbully - very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
good - having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"

bully

noun
1. persecutor, tough, oppressor, tormentor, bully boy, browbeater, coercer, ruffian, intimidator I fell victim to the office bully.
verb
2. force, coerce, railroad (informal), bulldoze (informal), dragoon, pressurize, browbeat, cow, hector, press-gang, domineer, bullyrag She used to bully me into doing my schoolwork.

bully

noun
One who is habitually cruel to smaller or weaker people:
Archaic: brave.
verb
To domineer or drive into compliance by the use of as threats or force, for example:
Informal: strong-arm.
adjective
Informal. Exceptionally good of its kind:
Slang: boss.
Chiefly British: tophole.
Translations
بَلْطَجِيمُتَغَطْرِس، مُشاغِب، مُتَنَمِّريَتَغَطْرَس، يُهَدِّد، يَسْتَبِديُخَوِّفُ
šikanovatsurovectyrantyranizovat
bølletyranniseremobbebisse
kiusaajakiusata
nasilnikzastrašivati
fantur, ruddikúga, hræîa; neyîa
いじめる弱い者いじめをする者
불량배약자를 괴롭히다
baugintichuliganasįbauginti
huligānsiebiedētterorizētterorizētājs
nasilnikustrahovati
mobbaöversittare
กดขี่รังแกอันธพาล
Ali kıran baş kesenkabadayıkabadayılık etmekzorbazorbalık etmek
bắt nạtkẻ hay bắt nạt

bully

1 [ˈbʊlɪ]
A. N
1. (= person) → matón/ona m/f, peleón/ona m/f
2. (Brit) (Hockey) (also bully-off) → saque m
B. VT (also bully around) → intimidar
to bully sb into doing sthintimidar a algn para que haga algo
bully off VI + ADV (Brit) (Hockey) → sacar

bully

2 [ˈbʊlɪ]
A. ADJ (o.f.) (= first-rate) → de primera
B. EXCL bully for you!¡bravo!

bully

3 [ˈbʊlɪ] N (Mil) (also bully beef) → carne f de vaca conservada en lata

bully

[ˈbʊli]
nbrute f, tyran m
He's a big bully → C'est une brute.
vt (= treat in an overbearing way) → tyranniser, rudoyer (= frighten) → intimider
to bully sb into doing sth → contraindre qn (par la menace) à faire qchbully-boy bully boy [ˈbʊlibɔɪ]
n (= aggressive man) → brute f
adj [tactics] → d'intimidation

bully

:
bully beef
n (Mil inf) → Cornedbeef nt, → Corned Beef nt
bullyboy (inf)
nSchlägertyp m (inf)
bully-boy
adj attrEinschüchterungs-; bully tacticsEinschüchterungstaktik f

bully

1
n
Tyrann m; (esp Sch) → Rabauke m; you great big bullydu Rüpel; to be a bit of a bullyden starken Mann markieren (inf); don’t be a bully with your little sisterschikaniere or tyrannisiere deine kleine Schwester nicht
(Hockey) → Bully nt
vttyrannisieren, schikanieren; (using violence) → drangsalieren; (into doing sth) → unter Druck setzen; to bully somebody into doing somethingjdn so unter Druck setzen, dass er etc etw tut

bully

2
interj (dated)prima (inf), → hervorragend; bully for you! (dated, iro)gratuliere!

bully

1 [ˈbʊlɪ]
1. nbullo, prepotente m/f
2. vt (also bully around) → fare il/la prepotente con; (subj, children) → fare le prepotenze a
to bully sb into doing sth → far fare qc a qn con la prepotenza

bully

2 [ˈbulɪ] n (also bully beef) → carne f di manzo in scatola

bully

(ˈbuli) plural ˈbullies noun
a person who hurts or frightens other, weaker people. The fat boy was a bully at school.
verb
to act like a bully towards.

bully

بَلْطَجِي, يُخَوِّفُ šikanovat, surovec bølle, tyrannisere schikanieren, Tyrann νταής, τρομοκρατώ acosar, matón kiusaaja, kiusata brute, tyranniser nasilnik, zastrašivati bullo, intimidire いじめる, 弱い者いじめをする者 불량배, 약자를 괴롭히다 bullebak, pesten bølle, trakassere łobuz, znęcać się atormentar, maltratar, rufia, rufião задира, запугивать mobba, översittare กดขี่รังแก, อันธพาล zorba, zorbalık etmek bắt nạt, kẻ hay bắt nạt 欺侮, 欺凌弱小者

bully

vt acosar, intimidar, hostigar
References in classic literature ?
The bank cashier was a little bully and was afraid of his daughter.
I knew that boy at school; he took great airs on himself because he was a farmer's son; he used to swagger about and bully the little boys.
to relieve his lungs and make recognition of the heat, and then he straightway dived into his narrative again for "Johnny's" benefit, beginning, "Well, it ain't any use talking, some of those old American words DO have a kind of a bully swing to them; a man can EXPRESS himself with 'em--a man can get at what he wants to SAY, dontchuknow.
When my father's in spirits," he said, sulkily, "he likes to bully me about my good luck.
My guardian then took me into his own room, and while he lunched, standing, from a sandwich-box and a pocket flask of sherry (he seemed to bully his very sandwich as he ate it), informed me what arrangements he had made for me.
Come, trowl the brown bowl to me, Bully boy, bully boy, Come, trowl the brown bowl to me: Ho
Strongest in that student community, she had used her power with good-nature enough to win the popularity of a school leader, and occasionally with unscrupulousness enough to secure the privileges of a school bully.
So she stopped to bully Two Tails in his pickets, and yapped round his big feet.
Eric had been a great bully, and many had suffered defeat and insult at his hands.
But they were quite ready to bully, especially when they were over six foot.
Antinous scolded him and said, "You swaggering bully, you ought never to have been born at all if you are afraid of such an old broken down creature as this tramp is.
he is a bully and so am I; his cassock is a burden to him and I imagine I have had enough of mine; in fact, there is so much resemblance between us that I sometimes believe he is Aramis and I am the coadjutor.