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Meaning of BULLY

Pronunciation:  'bûlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cruel and brutal fellow
  2. [adj]  (informal) very good; "a bully pulpit"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
  3. [v]  discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
  4. [v]  be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"

BULLY is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: ballyrag, bang-up, boss around, browbeat, browbeat, bullyrag, corking, cracking, dandy, good, great, groovy, hector, hooligan, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, push around, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, slap-up, smashing, strong-arm, swagger, swell, tough, yob, yobbo, yobo
 See Also: aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker, blarney, bullyboy, cajole, coax, domineer, intimidate, inveigle, muscleman, palaver, plug-ugly, skinhead, sweet-talk, tough guy, tyrannise, tyrannize, wheedle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bul"ly\, n.; pl. {Bullies}. [Cf. LG. bullerjaan,
    bullerb["a]k, bullerbrook, a blusterer, D. bulderaar a
    bluster, bulderen to bluster; prob. of imitative origin; or
    cf. MHG. buole lover, G. buhle.]
    1. A noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous;
       one who is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent,
       tyrannical fellow.
             Bullies seldom execute the threats they deal in.
    2. A brisk, dashing fellow. [Slang Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Bul"ly\, a.
    1. Jovial and blustering; dashing. [Slang] ``Bless thee,
       bully doctor.'' --Shak.
    2. Fine; excellent; as, a bully horse. [Slang, U.S.]
  3. \Bul"ly\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bullied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To intimidate with threats and by an overbearing, swaggering
    demeanor; to act the part of a bully toward.
          For the last fortnight there have been prodigious
          shoals of volunteers gone over to bully the French,
          upon hearing the peace was just signing. --Tatler.
    Syn: To bluster; swagger; hector; domineer.
  4. \Bul"ly\, v. i.
    To act as a bully.
  5. \Bul"ly\, n., Bully beef \Bul"ly beef`\ [F. bouilli boiled
    meat, fr. bouillir to boil. See {Boil}, v. The word bouilli
    was formerly commonly used on the labels of canned beef.]
    Pickled or canned beef.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are a bully indicates your tendency to dominate a conversation, relationship or situation. You have difficulties in recognizing your weaknesses and asking for help when you need it. Dreaming of a bully means repressed rage. The bully may be seen as your shadow Self which you have rejected.
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