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cyberbullying

[sahy-ber-boo l-ee-ing]
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noun
  1. the act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously.
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Origin of cyberbullying

First recorded in 2000–05; cyberbully + -ing1

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cyberbully

[sahy-ber-boo l-ee]
verb (used with or without object), cy·ber·bul·lied, cy·ber·bul·ly·ing.
  1. to bully online by sending or posting mean, hurtful, or intimidating messages, usually anonymously: The 12-year-old had been cyberbullied for almost a year.
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noun, plural cy·ber·bul·lies.
  1. a person who does this.
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Origin of cyberbully

First recorded in 1990–95; cyber- + bully1
Related formscy·ber·bul·ly·ing, noun
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