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bully

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bully very good "he did a bully job","a neat sports car","had a great time at the party","you look simply smashing"
    • v bully discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
    • v bully be bossy towards "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"
    • n bully a cruel and brutal fellow
    • n bully a hired thug
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bully A brisk, dashing fellow.
    • Bully A noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous, who threatens, intimidates, or badgers people who are smaller or weaker than he is; an insolent, tyrannical fellow. "Bullies seldom execute the threats they deal in."
    • Bully Fine; excellent; as, a bully horse.
    • Bully Jovial and blustering; dashing. "Bless thee, bully doctor."
    • Bully Pickled or canned beef.
    • v. i Bully To act as a bully{1}.
    • v. t Bully To intimidate or badger with threats and by an overbearing, swaggering demeanor; to act the part of a bully{1} toward. "For the last fortnight there have been prodigious shoals of volunteers gone over to bully the French, upon hearing the peace was just signing."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bully A blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing fellow; a swaggerer; a swashbuckler; one who hectors, browbeats, or domineers.
    • n bully A companion; a high-spirited, dashing fellow: a familiar term of address.
    • n bully A degraded fellow who protects fallen women and lives on their gains.
    • n bully A Cornish name of the shanny. Also bullycod.
    • n bully In Tasmania, a species of blenny, Blennius tasmanicus.
    • bully Blustering; hectoring; ruffianly.
    • bully Brisk; dashing; jovial; high-spirited.
    • bully Fine; capital; good: as, a bully horse, picture, etc.
    • bully To act the bully toward; overbear with bluster or menaces.
    • bully To make fearful; overawe; daunt; terrorize.
    • bully Synonyms To browbeat, hector, domineer over.
    • bully To be loudly arrogant and overbearing; be noisy and quarrelsome.
    • bully Synonyms To bluster, swagger, vapor.
    • n bully In mining, a kind of hammer used in striking the drill or borer. In its simplest form it has a square section at the eye and an octagonal face.
    • n bully In field-hockey, the beginning of a game and the starting of each goal. A player from each side stands facing the sideline, and strikes first the ground and then the stick of his opponent alternately three times, after which either player may strike the ball: as soon as it is so struck the ball is in play.
    • n bully A foot-ball scrimmage.
    • n bully The foreman or boss of a logging-camp.
    • n bully Canned or pickled beef. Also attrib., as bully beef.
    • n bully The bullace or sloe.
    • n bully Same as bully-tree. Also called bully-bay and bully-berry tree.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bully bool′i a blustering, noisy, overbearing fellow: a ruffian hired to beat or intimidate any one: a fellow who lives upon the gains of a prostitute:
    • adj Bully blustering: brisk:
    • v.i Bully to bluster
    • v.t Bully to threaten in a noisy way:—pr.p. bull′ying; pa.p. bull′ied
    • n Bully bool′i a miner's hammer.
    • n Bully bool′i (obs.) a term of familiarity to either man or woman
    • adj Bully (U.S.) first-rate
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Quotations

  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.”
  • Lord Shaftesbury
    Lord Shaftesbury
    “True courage is cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of a brutal, bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    Oliver%20Wendell%20Holmes
    “Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “Yes, Haven, most of us enjoy preaching, and Ive got such a bully pulpit!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. bullerjaan, bullerbäk, bullerbrook, a blusterer, D. bulderaar, a bluster, bulderen, to bluster; prob. of imitative origin; or cf. MHG. buole, lover, G. buhle,

Usage

In literature:

I won't let them bully you if I can help it.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
That hulking, ugly youth is Braddy, the bully, the terror of the Guinea-pigs, and the laughing-stock of his own class-mates.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
Sandy, as the "bully" of his circle, could not quietly submit to the domineering style of the rich man's son.
"In School and Out" by Oliver Optic
Among them was Pigeon, the bullying fellow.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
And it's a bully place.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
We've got to have gasoline, although I must say my two bullies took aboard quite a store up there at the Bayou.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
They knew what was in store for them if any of them ever crossed Bully's path again, and slunk away to their German protectors.
"Concerning "Bully" Hayes" by Louis Becke
I heard him quite bully poor old Jenk one day.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
Tanqueray had bullied his publishers into giving a decent price for Laura's book.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
That's the bully part of it.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
The bully at once gave the necessary directions, and the yacht passed to windward of the other boat.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
He bullied them, and there was always one or more of them fresh-marked with his fangs.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
He was given the bunk next Dillon and before twenty-four hours were past he had begun to bully him.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
She is quite discontented here in N. Y. I don't blame her much, it must have been bully over in Paree.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
The Americans are big bullies.
"Up The Baltic" by Oliver Optic
Now, in conspiracy with the doctor, she bullied her father.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
His heart swelled with rage, and he pictured to himself ways in which he might get even with the bully.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Go and get some Piegan girl to bully.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
He was in a fair way to go through life without becoming anything more than a bully.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
The big bully screamed for help and cried that he was being murdered, so that the undertaker and his wife came running in.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
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In poetry:

A tar, but poorly prized,
Long, shambling, and unsightly,
Thrashed, bullied, and despised,
Was wretched JOE GOLIGHTLY.
"Joe Golightly - Or, The First Lord's Daughter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
For it was "Blow, bullies, blow,
From Californ-i-o!
She's a Liverpool ship, so let her rip,
And she's surely bound to go!"
"The Liverpool Ship" by Cicely Fox Smith
And it's "Blow, bullies, blow,
East and West and to and fro —
She's a Liverpool ship, so let her rip,
For you bet she's bound to go!"
"The Liverpool Ship" by Cicely Fox Smith
When it was "Blow, bullies, blow,
On a Circle southward ho!
You can let her rip — she's a Liverpool ship,
And you bet she's bound to go!"
"The Liverpool Ship" by Cicely Fox Smith
THE very best ship that ever I knew
—Ah-way O, to me O—
Was a big black trawler with a deep-sea crew—
Sing, my bullies, let the bullgine run.
"The Big Black Trawler" by Alfred Noyes
And hullo! You Bully!
That blade's not a stick
To slash right and left,
And my skull is too thick
To be cleft with such cuffs
Of a sword. Now a lick
"The Foreigner" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Orange County's first-ever Mr Gay has rented a banquet hall and invited needy families, bullied teens and neglected children.
Bullies torment disabled Dunkirk man.
The Fleet Street gossip column is a hideous invention, at once bullying and, sycophantic.
A Long Island mom who was arrested after encouraging two 12-year-old girls to fight outside an elementary school said her daughter was being bullied on the Internet.
Workplace bullying can be toxic for a business.
Jefferson bullies SK season to a premature end.
Bridgewater State's Dr Elizabeth Englander talks about the causes of bullying.
Study of Bullies' Brains Shows Enjoyment of Inflicting Pain.
Bullies may get pleasure from the pain they inflict on bullies.
We've been inundated with media reports about Amanda Todd, who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly two years.
Are you equipping your kids to stop bullying when they see it.
I would love to hear what you do in your ministry when it comes to bullying.
Actors help write 'Lunch Money' on bullying.
Millions have now watched Jennifer Livingston accuse a viewer of bullying for an email he sent her about her weight.
Oct 3, 2012 — Millions have now watched Jennifer Livingston accuse a viewer of bullying for an email he sent her about her weight.
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In science:

The opponents may adopt strategies that depend on the partner’s last move, like those with the telling names “bully” or “retaliator”. A pattern emerges similar to the findings of the simpler hawk-dove game: aggressive strategies fare less well than “limited war” strategies if the cost of injury is high.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
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