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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!
Historical Examples

Much Ado About Peter Jean Webster
Short Stories of Various Types Various
While Caroline Was Growing Josephine Daskam Bacon
The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
An Annapolis First Classman Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
The A.E.F. Heywood Broun
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
The Girl Aviators and the Phantom Airship Margaret Burnham

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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