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!
Contemporary Examples

The Bully Project Director Talks About Documenting Bullying in American Schools Louis Jordan April 29, 2011
Should You Confront Your Old Bully? Keli Goff August 3, 2014
It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine Alex Suskind October 13, 2014
The GOP’s Revolt Against Bush Peter Beinart August 8, 2010
Sam Harris On the Freedom to Offend an Imaginary God Sam Harris September 18, 2012

Historical Examples

Sword and Gown George A. Lawrence
L’Assommoir Emile Zola
Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
The Taming of Red Butte Western Francis Lynde

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
dashing; jolly: my bully boy
(informal) very good; fine
(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


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