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Word of the Day 3/31/14 Bully

Bully (noun, verb, adjective)
bul·ly [bool-ee]


noun, plural bul·lies.
1. a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.
2. Archaic. a man hired to do violence.
3. Obsolete. a pimp; procurer.
4. Obsolete. good friend; good fellow.
5. Obsolete. sweetheart; darling.

verb (used with object), bul·lied, bul·ly·ing.
6. to act the bully toward; intimidate; domineer.

verb (used without object), bul·lied, bul·ly·ing.
7. to be loudly arrogant and overbearing.

adjective
8. Informal. fine; excellent; very good.
9. dashing; jovial; high-spirited.

interjection
10. Informal. good! well done!

Synonyms
6. cow, browbeat, coerce; terrorize, tyrannize.

Origin: 1530–40; < Middle Dutch boele lover

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