Bully - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbʊlɪ|  American pronunciation of the word bully
Brit.  |ˈbʊlɪ|  British pronunciation of the word bully


- a cruel and brutal fellow (syn: hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, tough, yob, yobbo)
- a hired thug


- be bossy towards (syn: ballyrag, browbeat, bullyrag, hector, push around, strong-arm)
- discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate (syn: browbeat, swagger)


- very good (syn: bang-up, corking, cracking, dandy, great, keen, neat, nifty, old, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell)
he did a bully job

Extra examples

...that's a bully idea for reviving the town's retail center...

He bullied his younger brothers.

...children who had been bullied by their father since infancy...

A gang of bullies was secretly sent to slit the nose of the offender.

Those boys will have to be bullied into action.

The boys bullied the small girl into giving them all her money.

The cook will give you a bully dinner.

Bullies are often cowards.

Don't let them bully you into working on Saturdays.

He is a bully and has been successful in dominating the entire household.

Teachers usually know who the bullies are in a class.

They were bullied out of their right.

She complained that she was being bullied by the assistant manager.

...the loutish bully didn't have a whole lot of friends...

Yes, I know you've done all the dishes. Bully for you!

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bully
he/she/it: bullies
present participle: bullying
past tense: bullied
past participle: bullied
singular: bully
plural: bullies
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