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Origin of bully

1
First recorded in 1530–40; from Middle Dutch boele “lover”
bul·ly·a·ble, adjectiveun·bul·lied, adjectiveun·bul·ly·ing, adjective

Definition for bully (2 of 3)

bully2
[ bool-ee ]
/ ˈbʊl i /

noun

Origin of bully

2
First recorded in 1750–55; from French bouilli, short for boeuf bouilli “boiled meat”; see origin at boil1, beef

Definition for bully (3 of 3)

bully3
[ bool-ee ]
/ ˈbʊl i /

noun, plural bul·lies.

Soccer. a desperate, freewheeling scramble for the ball by a number of players, usually in the goal area.
Field Hockey. a method of putting the ball into play in which two opponents, facing each other, tap their sticks on the ground near the ball and then make contact with each other's sticks over the ball three times, after which each tries to gain possession of the ball.

Origin of bully

3
First recorded in 1860–65; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for bully (1 of 2)

C16 (in the sense: sweetheart, hence fine fellow, hence swaggering coward): probably from Middle Dutch boele lover, from Middle High German buole, perhaps childish variant of bruoder brother

British Dictionary definitions for bully (2 of 2)

bully2
/ (ˈbʊlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

any of various small freshwater fishes of the genera Gobiomorphus and Philynodon of New ZealandAlso called (NZ): pakoko, titarakura, toitoi
C20: short for cockabully
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