A Word A Day : Bully
Thursday, 11th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...
Bully( Verb & Noun )
Pronunciation : bol-lee
1. A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people
2. An aggressive person who intimidates or mistreats weaker people
3. A hired ruffian
4. To treat in an overbearing or intimidating mannerEtymology:
Possibly from Middle Dutch boele, sweetheart, probably alteration of broeder, brotherSynonyms:
Tormenter, Aggressor, Persecutor, Tyrant, Oppressor, Intimidator, Browbeater, Bulldozer, Hector, Intimidator Antonyms:
Lover, Helper, Friend, Cajole, Flatter, Urge, Allow, Leave AloneContextual Examples:
• I know whom I may bully
and whom I must flatter. And I thus prolong my life to a good old age.
• I knew that boy at school. He took great airs on himself because he was a farmer's son. He used to swagger about and bully
the little boys.
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