What does bully mean?

bully meaning in General Dictionary

To act as a bully1

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  • well-done exceptional
  • To intimidate or badger with threats by an overbearing swaggering demeanor to behave the section of a bully1 toward
  • Jovial and blustering dashing
  • Pickled or canned meat
  • A noisy blustering fellow much more insolent than courageous just who threatens intimidates or badgers those who are smaller or weaker than he could be an insolent tyrannical other
  • be bossy towards
  • very good
  • discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering way; intimidate
  • a hired thug
  • a cruel and intense fellow
  • a loud, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous; one that is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical other.
  • A brisk, dashing other.
  • Jovial and blustering; dashing.
  • good; exceptional; because, a bully horse.
  • To intimidate with threats by an overbearing, swaggering demeanor; to act the section of a bully toward.
  • to behave as a bully.

bully meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1530s, originally "sweetheart," applied to either sex, from Dutch boel "lover; brother," most likely a diminutive of Middle Dutch broeder "brother" (compare center High German buole "brother," source of German Buhle "lover;" see cousin (n.)). Indicating deteriorated 17c. through "fine fellow" and "blusterer" to "harasser of this weak" (1680s, from bully-ruffian, 1650s). Maybe it was by impact of bull (n.1), but a connecting good sense between "lover" and "ruffian" is in "protector of a prostitute," which was one feeling of bully (though not specifically attested until 1706). The expression definition "worthy, jolly, admirable" (especially in 1864 U.S. slang bully for your needs!) is very first attested 1680s, and preserves a youthful, positive feeling of the phrase.

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  • 1710, from bully (letter.). Associated: Bullied; bullying.

bully meaning in Sports Dictionary

The name the set play which is used to restart the game, like a drop-ball in football, from where the violation were held. Two opposing players remain facing each other and touch both's sticks in addition to ground 3 times. All the other players should be at the very least 16ft away until the baseball adopts play. (recreation: Field Hockey)

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  • Another name for a rally. (sport: Rackets)

bully - German to English

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  • face-off [also: faceoff]

bully meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A noisy, blustering other, more insolent than courageous; a person who is harmful and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical other.

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  • (n.) A brisk, dashing other.
  • (a.) Jovial and blustering; dashing.
  • (a.) good; exemplary; since, a bully horse.
  • (v. t.) To intimidate with threats by an overbearing, swaggering demeanor; to behave the part of a bully toward.
  • (v. i.) to do something as a bully.

Sentence Examples with the word bully

The relationship between large and small nations has been like that between the playground bully and the small kid.

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