Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mistreat or intimidate by bullying.

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  • v. to taunt someone

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. Same as bullirag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bully; badger; abuse or scold: as, “he bully-ragged me,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be bossy towards

Etymologies

From dialectal ballarag.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "She is likely to scold and 'bullyrag' to her heart's content.

    Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill Or, Jasper Parloe's Secret

  • I managed to bullyrag giddoen into splitting the "Five Courses of Seafood," each of which takes over one of the five basic flavors hot, bitter, salty, sweet, sour for a harmonious and tasty balance of humours, or chi, or whatever version of malarkey they have in Vietnam.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • (Elspeth, I may tell you, speaks only English — well, Scotch, if you like — and enough nursery French to get her through Customs and bullyrag waiters, but anything the Queen said, however wild, always sent her into transports of approval.)

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • (Elspeth, I may tell you, speaks only English - well, Scotch, if you like - and enough nursery French to get her through Customs and bullyrag waiters, but anything the Queen said, however wild, always sent her into transports of approval.)

    Flashman And The Mountain Of Light

  • I had no business trying to bullyrag you into cooperating.

    Between Planets

  • And when she started to bullyrag you, it was all I could do -- But it won't last long now.

    Death at the Excelsior And Other Stories

  • And maybe I’d ’ve come in to-day if the committee hadn’t tried to bullyrag me, but, by God, as long as I’m a free-born independent American cit—”43

    Chapter 32

  • And maybe I'd 've come in to-day if the committee hadn't tried to bullyrag me, but, by God, as long as I'm a free-born independent American cit -- ''

    Babbitt

  • Dared you break the crust and bullyrag 'em -- hot, fierce and angry, what wide beaks buzz plain

    Figures of Earth

  • And wills fur it to live, and fights fur it to, and determines that it must, and jest natcherally tries fur to bullyrag death into going away.

    Danny's Own Story

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  • Please do not annoy, torment, pester, plague, molest, worry, badger, harry, harass, heckle, persecute, irk, bullyrag, vex, disquiet, grate, beset, bother, tease, nettle, tantalize or ruffle the animals.
    (San Diego Zoo)

    April 3, 2008