Definition of bully noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbʊli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊli//
School life
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(pl. bullies) a person who uses their strength or power to frighten or hurt weaker people the school bully Leave him alone, you big bully! school/playground bullies See related entries: School life Word Originmid 16th cent.: probably from Middle Dutch boele ‘lover’. Original use was as a term of endearment applied to either sex; it later became a familiar form of address to a male friend. The current sense dates from the late 17th cent.
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