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bully1

bul·ly1

bully1

 
 
pronunciation:
bU li
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb, adjective, interjection
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part of speech: noun
inflections: bullies
definition: someone who repeatedly harasses and intimidates those weaker than himself.
He was a small boy who frequently got picked on by the bullies.
synonyms:
browbeater, hector
similar words:
ruffian, thug, tough, tyrant
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bullied, bullies, bullying
definition: to harass and intimidate.
They bullied the new kid until he found a way to stand up to them.His sister tried to bully him into doing her chores.
synonyms:
browbeat, bullyrag, hector, terrorize
antonyms:
coax
similar words:
abuse, buffalo, coerce, cow, domineer, dragoon, harass, intimidate, oppress, ride, ride roughshod over, torment, trample, twist someone's arm, tyrannize
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to act like a bully.
He bullies because it makes him feel tough.
synonyms:
hector
similar words:
boss, domineer, lord it, tread on, tyrannize
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part of speech: adjective
definition: (informal) of superior quality; excellent.
That's a bully idea!
synonyms:
capital, choice, excellent, great, select, smashing, splendid, superior
similar words:
first-rate, prime, superlative, tiptop, wonderful
 
part of speech: interjection
definition: (informal) good! bravo!.
Bully for her; she made the right choice!
synonyms:
bravo, good
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