bullebak

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compound of bul +‎ -e- +‎ bak.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʏ.ləˌbɑk/
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  • Hyphenation: bul‧le‧bak

Noun[edit]

bullebak m (plural bullebakken, diminutive bullebakje n)

  1. bully, jerk, churl (rude and nasty man) [from early 18th c.]
  2. (archaic, now dialectal) bogeyman, bugbear [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: bietebauw, boeman
  3. (obsolete) evil spirit, imp, demon [early 17th to 19th c.]