noun a cruel and brutal fellow
yobo; ruffian; tough; roughneck; hooligan; rowdy; yob; yobbo.
noun a hired thug
verb be bossy towards
ballyrag; bullyrag; hector; push around; boss around; strong-arm; browbeat.
- Her big brother always bullied her when she was young
verb discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
adjective satellite very good
groovy; dandy; corking; not bad; swell; smashing; great; keen; slap-up; neat; cracking; nifty; peachy; bang-up.
- he did a bully job
- a neat sports car
- had a great time at the party
- you look simply smashing
Cf. LG. bullerjaan
, a blusterer, D. bulderaar
a bluster, bulderen
to bluster; prob. of imitative origin; or cf. MHG. buole
lover, G. buhle
- 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.
- A brisk, dashing fellow. Slang Obs.
- Jovial and blustering; dashing. Slang "Bless thee, bully doctor."
- Fine; excellent; as, a bully horse. Slang, U.S.
Bul"ly transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Bullied present participle & verbal noun Bullying
- 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.
Syn. -- To bluster; swagger; hector; domineer.
Bul"ly intransitive verb
- To act as a bully.
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