Bully



a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.
Archaic. a man hired to do violence.
Obsolete. a pimp; procurer.
Obsolete. good friend; good fellow.
Obsolete. sweetheart; darling.
to act the bully toward; intimidate; domineer.
to be loudly arrogant and overbearing.
Informal. fine; excellent; very good.
dashing; jovial; high-spirited.
Informal. good! well done!
bully beef.
Soccer. a desperate, freewheeling scramble for the ball by a number of players, usually in the goal area.
Field Hockey. a method of putting the ball into play in which two opponents, facing each other, tap their sticks on the ground near the ball and then make contact with each other’s sticks over the ball three times, after which each tries to gain possession of the ball.
Contemporary Examples

Bullied to Death Lucinda Franks March 29, 2010
Five Girl-Power Books Exactly Like Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ Sean Macaulay March 28, 2013
In New Jersey, There’s No Exit for Chris Christie’s Bridge Trolls Michael Daly January 8, 2014
Ray Rice Should Have Remembered His ‘Kindness’ Anti-Bullying Wristband Michael Daly September 9, 2014
Please—Let’s Not Destroy ISIS Michael Tomasky September 14, 2014

Historical Examples

The Putnam Hall Cadets Arthur M. Winfield
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
The Widow O’Callaghan’s Boys Gulielma Zollinger
Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia Thomas Mitchell

noun (pl) -lies
a person who hurts, persecutes, or intimidates weaker people
(archaic) a hired ruffian
(obsolete) a procurer; pimp
(obsolete) a fine fellow or friend
(obsolete) a sweetheart; darling
verb -lies, -lying, -lied
when tr, often foll by into. to hurt, intimidate, or persecute (a weaker or smaller person), esp to make him do something
adjective
dashing; jolly: my bully boy
(informal) very good; fine
interjection
(informal) Also bully for you. well done! bravo!
noun (pl) -lies
any of various small freshwater fishes of the genera Gobiomorphus and Philynodon of New Zealand Also called (NZ) pakoko, titarakura, toitoi
n.
v.

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