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Meaning & Definition of Bully in English

English

Bully

/bʊli/

noun

1. A cruel and brutal fellow

    synonym:
  • bully
  • ,
  • tough
  • ,
  • hooligan
  • ,
  • ruffian
  • ,
  • roughneck
  • ,
  • rowdy
  • ,
  • yob
  • ,
  • yobo
  • ,
  • yobbo

2. A hired thug

    synonym:
  • bully

verb

1. Be bossy towards

  • "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young"
    synonym:
  • strong-arm
  • ,
  • bully
  • ,
  • browbeat
  • ,
  • bullyrag
  • ,
  • ballyrag
  • ,
  • boss around
  • ,
  • hector
  • ,
  • push around

2. Discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner

  • Intimidate
    synonym:
  • browbeat
  • ,
  • bully
  • ,
  • swagger

adjective

1. Very good

  • "He did a bully job"
  • "A neat sports car"
  • "Had a great time at the party"
  • "You look simply smashing"
    synonym:
  • bang-up
  • ,
  • bully
  • ,
  • corking
  • ,
  • cracking
  • ,
  • dandy
  • ,
  • great
  • ,
  • groovy
  • ,
  • keen
  • ,
  • neat
  • ,
  • nifty
  • ,
  • not bad(p)
  • ,
  • peachy
  • ,
  • slap-up
  • ,
  • swell
  • ,
  • smashing