- a person who employs or superintends workers; manager.
- a politician who controls the party organization, as in a particular district.
- a person who makes decisions, exercises authority, dominates, etc.: My grandfather was the boss in his family.
- to be master of or over; manage; direct; control.
- to order about, especially in an arrogant manner.
- to be boss.
- to be too domineering and authoritative.
- chief; master.
- Slang. first-rate.
Origin of boss1
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- Botany, Zoology. a protuberance or roundish excrescence on the body or on some organ of an animal or plant.
- Geology. a knoblike mass of rock, especially an outcrop of igneous or metamorphic rock.
- an ornamental protuberance of metal, ivory, etc.; stud.
- an ornamental, knoblike projection, as a carved keystone at the intersection of ogives.
- a stone roughly formed and set in place for later carving.
- Bookbinding. one of several pieces of brass or other metal inset into the cover of a book to protect the corners or edges or for decoration.
- Machinery. a small projection on a casting or forging.
- Nautical. a projecting part in a ship's hull, or in one frame of a hull, fitting around a propeller shaft.
- to ornament with bosses.
- to emboss.
- (in plumbing) to hammer (sheet metal, as lead) to conform to an irregular surface.
Origin of boss2
- a familiar name for a calf or cow.
Origin of boss3
Examples from the Web for bosses
Was it, as some former employees allege, that the bosses bit off more than they could chew?The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
The two bosses are accused not only of killing Kajiwara, but also of violating the firearms laws.The Case of the Yakking Yakuza
September 16, 2014
He ran for the state assembly and upon reaching Albany immediately led a rebellion against the bosses of his own party.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR
September 9, 2014
Such radical ideas did not sit well with the bosses of the Republican machine.
When he attacked “bosses” and “political machines,” he made sure to denounce “demagogues” and “fanatics” in the next sentence.
We're going to stand together, we won't let the bosses split us apart.The Harbor
We should call them "bosses," but the Romans called them "triumvirs."Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
“I like to see men loyal to their bosses,” he said good-naturedly.Whispering Smith
Frank H. Spearman
Will not political manipulators and bosses betray their trusts?Socialism
Bosses should not make passes At gals who work as lower classes.Question of Comfort
- 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
- to employ, supervise, or be in charge of
- (usually foll by around or about) to be domineering or overbearing towards (others)
- slang excellent; finea boss hand at carpentry; that's boss!
- 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
- an area of increased thickness, usually cylindrical, that strengthens or provides room for a locating device on a shaft, hub of a wheel, etc
- 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
- to ornament with bosses; emboss
- a calf or cow
- Bureau of State Security; a branch of the South African security police
Word Origin and History for bosses
"overseer," 1640s, American English, from Dutch baas "a master," Middle Dutch baes, of obscure origin. If original sense was "uncle," perhaps it is related to Old High German basa "aunt," but some sources discount this theory. The Dutch form baas is attested in English from 1620s as the standard title of a Dutch ship's captain. The word's popularity in U.S. may reflect egalitarian avoidance of master (n.) as well as the need to distinguish slave from free labor. The slang adjective meaning "excellent" is recorded in 1880s, revived, apparently independently, in teen and jazz slang in 1950s.
"protuberance, button," c.1300, from Old French boce "a hump, swelling, tumor" (12c., Modern French bosse), from either Frankish *botija or Vulgar Latin *bottia, both of uncertain origin.
1856, from boss (n.1). Related: Bossed; bossing.
- A circumscribed rounded swelling; a protuberance.
- The prominence of a kyphosis or humpback.