bossy

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[ baw-see, bos-ee ]
/ ˈbɔ si, ˈbɒs i /
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adjective, boss·i·er, boss·i·est.

given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.

Origin of bossy

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An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; boss1 + -y1
SYNONYMS FOR bossy
Related formsboss·i·ly, adverbboss·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bossily (1 of 2)

bossy

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/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /

adjective bossier or bossiest

informal domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
Derived Formsbossily, adverbbossiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for bossily (2 of 2)

bossy

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/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /

adjective

(of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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Word Origin and History for bossily

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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