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Definition 1: a cruel and brutal fellow - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for bully in the sense of this definition

(bully is a kind of ...) someone who attacks

(... is a kind of bully ) a swaggering tough; usually one acting as an agent of a political faction

(... is a kind of bully ) a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard

"the drug lord had his muscleman to protect him"

(... is a kind of bully ) a member of any of several British or American groups consisting predominantly of young people who shave their heads; some engage in white supremacist and anti-immigrant activities and this leads to the perception that all skinheads are racist and violent

(... is a kind of bully ) someone who bullies weaker people

Definition 2: a hired thug - [noun denoting person]

(bully is a kind of ...) an aggressive and violent young criminal

Definition 3: discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for bully in the sense of this definition

(bully is a kind of ...) influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering

"He palavered her into going along"

Definition 4: be bossy towards - [verb of emotion]

Samples where bully or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her big brother always bullied her when she was young

Synonyms for bully in the sense of this definition

(bully is a kind of ...) make timid or fearful

"Her boss intimidates her"

(... is a kind of bully ) rule or exercise power over (somebody) in a cruel and autocratic manner

"her husband and mother-in-law tyrannize her"

Definition 5: very good - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where bully or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he did a bully job
  • a neat sports car
  • had a great time at the party
  • you look simply smashing
  • we had a grand old time

Synonyms for bully in the sense of this definition

(bully is similar to ...) having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified

"good news from the hospital" "a good report card" "when she was good she was very very good" "a good knife is one good for cutting" "this stump will make a good picnic table" "a good check" "a good joke" "a good exterior paint" "a good secretary" "a good dress for the office"

(bully is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

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