- given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.
Origin of bossy1
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highhanded, officious, dictational; overbearing, abrasive.
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Examples from the Web for bossiness
And what is this bossiness around the grate but some blunt, black-leaded garland?The Rhythm of Life
- informal domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
- (of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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Word Origin and History for bossiness
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