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bossy1

[baw-see, bos-ee] /ˈbɔ si, ˈbɒs i/
adjective, bossier, bossiest.
1.
given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.
Origin of bossy1
1880-1885
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; boss1 + -y1
Related forms
bossily, adverb
bossiness, noun
Synonyms
highhanded, officious, dictational; overbearing, abrasive.

bossy2

[baw-see, bos-ee] /ˈbɔ si, ˈbɒs i/
adjective, bossier, bossiest.
1.
studded with bosses.
Origin
First recorded in 1535-45; boss2 + -y1

bossy3

[bos-ee, baw-see] /ˈbɒs i, ˈbɔ si/
noun, plural bossies.
1.
a familiar name for a cow or calf.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; boss3 + -y2
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Examples from the Web for bossy
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  • "No wonder Miss Alice Fern is so bossy with him," she thought.

  • 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
  • The bossy was a little afraid they might hurt her baby, so she wasn't quite friendly.

  • It was Millie who first noticed something was wrong with bossy.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for bossy

bossy1

/ˈbɒsɪ/
adjective bossier, bossiest
1.
(informal) domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
Derived Forms
bossily, adverb
bossiness, noun

bossy2

/ˈbɒsɪ/
adjective
1.
(of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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Word Origin and History for 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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Slang definitions & phrases for bossy

bossy 1

adjective

Domineering; autocratic: She's very bossy, a take-charge gal (1880s+)

bossy 2

noun

  1. A cow
  2. Beef (1930s+ Lunch counter)

[fr Latin bos, ''cow'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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