There are 4 definitions of bully in English:

bully1

Syllabification: bul·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝olē
 
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noun (plural bullies)

  • A person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
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    • If we can all come together to make our parks safe, and we can all support zero tolerance in schools so that our children can enjoy a good education free from fear, intimidation and bullies, then we can surely do the same for our roads.
    • Many coaches are professional bullies and intimidators.
    • They have to worry about a lot more than bullies and bad influences outside the home.
    Synonyms
    persecutor, oppressor, tyrant, tormentor, intimidator; tough guy, thug, ruffian, strong-arm; cyberbully

verb (bullies, bullying, bullied)

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Origin

mid 16th century: probably from Middle Dutch boele 'lover'. The original usage was as a term of endearment applied to either sex; later becoming a familiar form of address to a male friend. The current sense dates from the late 17th century.

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There are 4 definitions of bully in English:

bully2

Syllabification: bul·ly
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈbo͝olē/
informal

adjective

informal , chiefly North American
  • Very good; first-rate: the statue really looked bully
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    • It's a bully conclusion to a riveting journey through time.
    • That is why this franchise is the closest yet to possibly, maybe, being that bully team the NFL has lacked since the Cowboys faded almost a decade ago.

exclamation

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  • An expression of admiration or approval: he got away—bully for him
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    • Yummy, bully for you!
    • And I say bully for him.
    • Bully for her, and bully for you if you have a similar situation.

Origin

late 16th century (originally of a person meaning 'admirable, gallant, jolly'): from bully1. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

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bully3

Syllabification: bul·ly
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈbo͝olē/
(also bully beef)
informal

noun

  • Corned beef.
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    • She opened the back door only to see thrown down on the lawn an empty can of her bully beef and, to make matters worse, an empty tin of her cat's food!
    • We had bacon too, bully beef, endless tea, and biscuits which were very hard.
    • They climb over each other, snatching spaghetti, Irish stew and bully beef from the air and each other.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French bouilli, literally 'boiled'.

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noun (plural bullies)

  • (also bully off) An act of starting play in field hockey, in which two opponents strike each other’s sticks three times and then go for the ball.

verb (bullies, bullying, bullied)

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  • (also bully off) (In field hockey) start play with a bully.

Origin

late 19th century (originally denoting a scrum in Eton football): of unknown origin.

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