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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


Domain usagecolloquialism


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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