- given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.
Origin of bossy1
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highhanded, officious, dictational; overbearing, abrasive.
- studded with bosses.
Origin of bossy2
- a familiar name for a cow or calf.
Origin of bossy3
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Examples from the Web for bossy
And women have much bigger fish to fry than banning the word “bossy.”Sheryl Sandberg's Got a Bigger Problem Than Bossy-Gate
March 17, 2014
I now see how loaded “bossy” is with gender biases and expectations.My Daughter Is Bossy—But Don’t Call Her That
March 12, 2014
Beautiful, brainy, and bossy—on the surface, Gu Kailai was a new breed of Politburo wife.China’s Jackie Kennedy: Gu Kailai and the Bo Xilai’s Scandal
April 12, 2012
"No wonder Miss Alice Fern is so bossy with him," she thought.Molly Brown's Senior Days
Now that Bossy is gone, I don't know what we are going to do for milk.At the Little Brown House
Ruth Alberta Brown
I thought it would make you more conceited and bossy than ever.Etheldreda the Ready
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
"You're a bossy sort of slob, Heslet Quillan," she said equably.Legacy
James H Schmitz
How was she going to get on with such jolty, jerky, bossy people?The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
- informal domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
- (of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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Word Origin and History for bossy
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