Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun bully

2 senses of bully

Sense 1
bully, tough, hooligan, ruffian, roughneck, rowdy, yob, yobo, yobbo -- (a cruel and brutal fellow)
       => attacker, aggressor, assailant, assaulter -- (someone who attacks)

Sense 2
bully -- (a hired thug)
       => hood, hoodlum, goon, punk, thug, tough, toughie, strong-armer -- (an aggressive and violent young criminal)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb bully

2 senses of bully

Sense 1
strong-arm, bully, browbeat, bullyrag, ballyrag, boss around, hector, push around -- (be bossy towards; "Her big brother always bullied her when she was young")
       => intimidate -- (make timid or fearful; "Her boss intimidates her")

Sense 2
browbeat, bully, swagger -- (discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate)
       => wheedle, cajole, palaver, blarney, coax, sweet-talk, inveigle -- (influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along")

Antonyms of adj bully

1 sense of bully

Sense 1
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad (predicate), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing -- (very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing")

INDIRECT (VIA good) -> bad -- (having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice")

Similarity of adj bully

1 sense of bully

Sense 1
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad (predicate), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing -- (very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing")
       => good (vs. bad) -- (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")

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