American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To intimidate or subjugate by an overbearing manner or domineering speech; bully. See Synonyms at intimidate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; in general, to bear down by impudence.
- Synonyms To overbear, insult, bully, hector.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To depress or bear down with haughty, stern looks, or with arrogant speech and dogmatic assertions; to abash or disconcert by impudent or abusive words or looks; to bully.
- v. be bossy towards
- v. discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate.
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