Nearby words

  1. bosomed,
  2. bosomy,
  3. boson,
  4. bosporus,
  5. bosquet,
  6. boss around,
  7. boss cocky,
  8. boss screen,
  9. boss-eyed,
  10. bossa nova

Origin of boss

1
1640–50, Americanism; < Dutch baas master, foreman

boss

2
[ baws, bos ]
/ bɔs, bɒs /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of boss

2
1250–1300; Middle English boce < Anglo-French: lump, growth, boil; Old French < Vulgar Latin *bottia, of uncertain origin

boss

3
[ bos, baws ]
/ bɒs, bɔs /

noun

a familiar name for a calf or cow.

Origin of boss

3
1790–1800, Americanism; compare dial. (SW England) borse, boss, buss six-month-old calf

boss

4
[ bos ]
/ bɒs /

adjective Scot.

hollow; empty.

Origin of boss

4
First recorded in 1505–15; of obscure origin

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British Dictionary definitions for boss

boss

1
/ (bɒs) informal /

noun

a person in charge of or employing others
mainly US a professional politician who controls a party machine or political organization, often using devious or illegal methods

verb

to employ, supervise, or be in charge of
(usually foll by around or about) to be domineering or overbearing towards (others)

adjective

slang excellent; finea boss hand at carpentry; that's boss!

Word Origin for boss

C19: from Dutch baas master; probably related to Old High German basa aunt, Frisian baes master

noun

a knob, stud, or other circular rounded protuberance, esp an ornamental one on a vault, a ceiling, or a shield
biology any of various protuberances or swellings in plants and animals
  1. an area of increased thickness, usually cylindrical, that strengthens or provides room for a locating device on a shaft, hub of a wheel, etc
  2. a similar projection around a hole in a casting or fabricated component
an exposed rounded mass of igneous or metamorphic rock, esp the uppermost part of an underlying batholith

verb (tr)

to ornament with bosses; emboss

Word Origin for boss

C13: from Old French boce, from Vulgar Latin bottia (unattested); related to Italian bozza metal knob, swelling

noun plural bosses or bossies

a calf or cow

Word Origin for boss

C19: from dialect buss calf, perhaps ultimately from Latin bōs cow, ox

BOSS

/ (bɒs) /

n acronym for (formerly)

Bureau of State Security; a branch of the South African security police
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Word Origin and History for boss
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Medicine definitions for boss

boss

[ bôs ]

n.

A circumscribed rounded swelling; a protuberance.
The prominence of a kyphosis or humpback.

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