Bully vs Bulling - What's the difference?

bully | bulling |

As verbs the difference between bully and bulling

is that bully is to intimidate (someone) as a bully while bulling is .

As a noun bully

is a person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.

As an adjective bully

is (us|slang) very good; excellent.

As an interjection bully

is (often|followed by for) well done!.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia bully)


  • A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.
  • A playground bully pushed a girl off the swing.
    I noticed you being a bully towards people with disabilities.
  • A noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical fellow.
  • * Palmerston
  • Bullies seldom execute the threats they deal in.
  • A hired thug.
  • A prostitute’s minder; a pimp.
  • (uncountable) Bully beef.
  • (obsolete) A brisk, dashing fellow.
  • "Bully Bottom" from A Midsummer Night's Dream, III, i, 6.
  • The small scrum in the Eton College field game.
  • A small freshwater fish.
  • Synonyms

    * (hired thug) henchman, thug * (pimp) pimp, ponce


  • To intimidate (someone) as a bully.
  • You shouldn't bully people for being gay.
  • To act aggressively towards.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=January 15 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Chelsea 2 -03 Blackburn Rovers , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The Potters know their strengths and played to them perfectly here, out-muscling Bolton in midfield and bullying the visitors' back-line at every opportunity. }}


    * (intimidate) browbeat, hector, intimidate, ride roughshod over * (act aggressively toward) push around, ride roughshod over


  • (US, slang) Very good; excellent.
  • a bully horse
  • (slang) Jovial and blustering; dashing.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Bless thee, bully doctor.


    * (excellent) excellent, marvellous/marvelous, splendid, super, superb, top-notch

    Derived terms

    * bully boy * bully pulpit


    (en interjection)
  • (often, followed by for) Well done!
  • She's finally leaving her abusive husband — bully for her!


    * bravo, well done, see also .