[ baw-see, bos-ee ]
/ ˈbɔ si, ˈbɒs i /
adjective, boss·i·er, boss·i·est.
given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.
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Related formsboss·i·ly, adverbboss·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bossily (1 of 2)
/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /
adjective bossier or bossiest
informal domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
Derived Formsbossily, adverbbossiness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for bossily (2 of 2)
/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /
(of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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Word Origin and History for bossily
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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