Meaning of “bully” in the English Dictionary

"bully" in British English

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bullynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʊl.i/ us /ˈbʊl.i/

C1 someone who hurts or frightens someone who is smaller or less powerful, often forcing them to do something that they do not want to do:

You're just a big bully!
Teachers usually know who the bullies are in a class.

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bullyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbʊl.i/ us /ˈbʊl.i/

C1 to hurt or frighten someone who is smaller or less powerful than you, often forcing that person to do something they do not want to do:

Our survey indicates that one in four children is bullied at school.
Don't let anyone bully you into doing something you don't want to do.

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bullying
noun [ U ] uk /ˈbʊl.i.ɪŋ/ us /ˈbʊl.i.ɪŋ/

Bullying is a problem in many schools.

(Definition of “bully” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bully" in American English

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bullyverb [ T ]

us /ˈbʊl·i/

to threaten to hurt someone, often frightening that person into doing something:

He managed to bully her into giving him her car.

bullynoun [ U ]

/ˈbʊl·i/

a person who threatens to hurt someone, often forcing that person to do something:

Teachers usually know who the bullies are in a class.

(Definition of “bully” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)