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bossy1

[baw-see, bos-ee]
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adjective, boss·i·er, boss·i·est.
  1. given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.
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Origin of bossy1

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; boss1 + -y1
Related formsboss·i·ly, adverbboss·i·ness, noun

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highhanded, officious, dictational; overbearing, abrasive.
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British Dictionary definitions for bossily

bossy1

adjective bossier or bossiest
  1. informal domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
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Derived Formsbossily, adverbbossiness, noun

bossy2

adjective
  1. (of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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Word Origin and History for bossily

bossy

adj.

1540s, "swelling, projecting and rounded, decorated with bosses" from boss (n.2). Meaning "domineering, fond of ordering people about" is recorded 1882, from boss (n.1) + -y (2). As a common cow name it represents Latin bos "cow" (see cow (n.)).

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