But what about the bully who is causing such havoc in many schools?
Feminine Version of Macho Swagger “The bully I fear the most ... is me.”
He then said of those who kept kids waiting on the first day of classes, “This is the behavior of a bully in a schoolyard.”
But as a true anti-bullying champion will tell you, a bully is no less a bully simply because his victim seeks to excuse him.
And when we have been spared such tragedy, it has happened precisely because presidents have stood up to the bully caucus.
This reply disconcerted the bully greatly, and he did not know what to say further.
And so it is with me, bully boy, saving that my doxy cometh not.
“Worry, it's bully of you to bring this freshman here,” declared the captain.
Straight up to the bully he walked and looked him firmly in the eye.
They were headed by an old man, and a gigantic sort of bully, who would not keep his hands off our carts.
1530s, originally "sweetheart," applied to either sex, from Dutch boel "lover; brother," probably a diminutive of Middle Dutch broeder "brother" (cf. Middle High German buole "brother," source of German Buhle "lover;" see brother (n.)).
Meaning deteriorated 17c. through "fine fellow" and "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 expression meaning "worthy, jolly, admirable" (especially in 1864 U.S. slang bully for you!) is first attested 1680s, and preserves an earlier, positive sense of the word.
Excellent; good (1840s+)
: Bully for you! (1780s+)
A track worker; gandy dancer (1900+ Railroad)
[first two senses fr bully, ''a beloved person, darling,'' of obscure origin, attested fr 1538. Bully, ''worthy, admirable,'' used of persons, is attested in 1681]