AskDefine | Define bully

Dictionary Definition

bully adj : very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing" [syn: bang-up, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing] n : a cruel and brutal fellow [syn: tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo]

Verb

1 be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young" [syn: strong-arm, browbeat, bullyrag, ballyrag, boss around, hector, push around]
2 discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate [syn: browbeat, swagger] [also: bullied]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From boel.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.
  2. A hired thug.
  3. A prostitute's minder; a pimp.
  4. Bully beef.
  5. In the context of "Sri Lanka|slang": The penis.

Synonyms

Translations

person who is cruel to others
hired thug
pimp
See pimp
bully beef

Verb

  1. To intimidate (someone) as a bully.
  2. To act aggressively towards.

Synonyms

Translations

to intimidate
act aggressively towards

Adjective

  1. Very good; excellent.

Derived terms

Translations

very good; excellent

Interjection

  1. Well done!
    She's finally leaving her abusive husband — bully for her!

Synonyms

Translations

well done!

Extensive Definition

Bully may refer to:
bully in German: Bully
bully in Spanish: Bully
bully in French: Bully
bully in Italian: Bully
bully in Dutch: Bully
bully in Norwegian: Bully
bully in Polish: Bully

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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