bul|ly

bul|ly1 «BUL ee», noun, plural -lies, verb, -lied, -ly|ing, adjective, interjection.
–n.
1. a person who teases, frightens, threatens, or hurts others who are not as strong as he is.
2. Archaic. a hired ruffian; bravo; bullyboy.
3. British Dialect. mate; companion.
4. Obsolete. a good friend; fine fellow.
5. Obsolete. a sweetheart.
–v.t.
1. to frighten (into doing something) by noisy talk or threats: »

The older boys bullied him into giving away his candy.

SYNONYM(S): overawe, intimidate.
2. to be a bully toward.
–v.i.
to be a bully; be overbearing. SYNONYM(S): bluster.
–adj.
1. Informal. very good; excellent.
3. like a bully or ruffian.
–interj.
Informal. bravo! well done!: »

Bully for you!

[perhaps < Dutch boel lover, brother; later influenced by bull1]
bul|ly2 «BUL ee», noun.
= bully beef. (Cf.bully beef)
[probably < French bouilli boiled beef < bouillir to boil]
bul|ly3 «BUL ee», noun, plural -lies, verb, -lied, -ly|ing. Field Hockey.
–n.
= bully-off. (Cf.bully-off)
–v.t., v.i.
to cross sticks three times and hit (the ball).
[origin unknown]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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