cyberbullying

[ sahy-ber-boo l-ee-ing ]
/ ˈsaɪ bərˌbʊl i ɪŋ /

noun

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

historical usage of cyberbullying

Definition for cyberbullying (2 of 2)

cyberbully
[ sahy-ber-boo l-ee ]
/ ˈsaɪ bərˌbʊl i /

verb (used with or without object), cy·ber·bul·lied, cy·ber·bul·ly·ing.

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.

noun, plural cy·ber·bul·lies.

a person who does this.

Origin of cyberbully

First recorded in 1990–95; cyber- + bully1

OTHER WORDS FROM cyberbully

cy·ber·bul·ly·ing, noun
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