bullier

bully

1 [bool-ee]
noun, plural bullies.
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), bullied, bullying.
6.
to act the bully toward; intimidate; domineer.
verb (used without object), bullied, bullying.
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!

Origin:
1530–40; < Middle Dutch boele lover

bullyable, adjective
unbullied, adjective
unbullying, adjective


6. cow, browbeat, coerce; terrorize, tyrannize.
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bully1 (ˈbʊlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
1.  a person who hurts, persecutes, or intimidates weaker people
2.  archaic a hired ruffian
3.  obsolete a procurer; pimp
4.  obsolete a fine fellow or friend
5.  obsolete a sweetheart; darling
 
vb (when tr, often foll by into) , -lies, -lies, -lying, -lied
6.  to hurt, intimidate, or persecute (a weaker or smaller person), esp to make him do something
 
adj
7.  dashing; jolly: my bully boy
8.  informal very good; fine
 
interj
9.  informal Also: bully for you well done! bravo!
 
[C16 (in the sense: sweetheart, hence fine fellow, hence swaggering coward): probably from Middle Dutch boele lover, from Middle High German buole, perhaps childish variant of bruoderbrother]

bully2 (ˈbʊlɪ)
 
n , pl -lies
pakoko, titarakura, Also called (NZ): toitoi any of various small freshwater fishes of the genera Gobiomorphus and Philynodon of New Zealand
 
[C20: short for cockabully]

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Word Origin & History

bully
1530s, originally "sweetheart," applied to either sex, from Du. boel "lover, brother," probably dim. of M.H.G. buole "brother," of uncertain origin (cf. Ger. buhle "lover"). Meaning deteriorated 17c. through "fine fellow," "blusterer," to "harasser of the weak" (1680s, from bully-ruffian, 1650s). Perhaps
this was by influence of bull (n.1), but a connecting sense between "lover" and "ruffian" may be in "protector of a prostitute," which was one sense of bully (though not specifically attested until 1706). The verb is first attested 1710. The expression meaning "worthy, jolly, admirable" (esp. in 1864 U.S. slang bully for you!) is first attested 1680s, and preserves an earlier, positive sense of the word.
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