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.

Nearby words

  1. bossing,
  2. bossism,
  3. bossman,
  4. bossuet,
  5. bossuet, jacques bénigne,
  6. bosthoon,
  7. boston,
  8. boston bag,
  9. boston baked beans,
  10. boston bluefish

Origin of bossy

1
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; boss1 + -y1

SYNONYMS FOR bossy
Related formsboss·i·ly, adverbboss·i·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for bossiness

  • And what is this bossiness around the grate but some blunt, black-leaded garland?

    The Rhythm of Life|Alice Meynell


British Dictionary definitions for bossiness

bossy

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/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /

adjective bossier or bossiest

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

bossy

2
/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /

adjective

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

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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