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English adjective: bully

1. bully very good


SamplesHe did a bully job.
A neat sports car.
Had a great time at the party.
You look simply smashing.


Synonymsbang-up, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell


Similargood


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsbad


English noun: bully

1. bully (person) a cruel and brutal fellow


Synonymshooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, tough, yob, yobbo, yobo


Broader (hypernym)aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker


Narrower (hyponym)bullyboy, muscle, muscleman, plug-ugly, skinhead, tough guy

2. bully (person) a hired thug


Broader (hypernym)goon, hood, hoodlum, punk, strong-armer, thug, tough, toughie


English verb: bully

1. bully (emotion) be bossy towards


SamplesHer big brother always bullied her when she was young.


Synonymsballyrag, boss around, browbeat, bullyrag, hector, push around, strong-arm


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)intimidate


Narrower (hyponym)domineer, tyrannise, tyrannize

2. bully (communication) discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate


ExamplesThey bully him into writing the letter, They want to bully the prisoners


Synonymsbrowbeat, swagger


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle









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