bossy

1
[ baw-see, bos-ee ]
/ ˈbɔ si, ˈbɒs i /

adjective, boss·i·er, boss·i·est.

given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.

Origin of bossy

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

Related forms

boss·i·ly, adverbboss·i·ness, noun

Definition for bossy (2 of 3)

bossy

2
[ baw-see, bos-ee ]
/ ˈbɔ si, ˈbɒs i /

adjective, boss·i·er, boss·i·est.

studded with bosses.

Origin of bossy

2
First recorded in 1535–45; boss2 + -y1

Definition for bossy (3 of 3)

bossy

3
[ bos-ee, baw-see ]
/ ˈbɒs i, ˈbɔ si /

noun, plural bos·sies.

a familiar name for a cow or calf.

Origin of bossy

3
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; boss3 + -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for bossy (1 of 2)

bossy

1
/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /

adjective bossier or bossiest

informal domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian

Derived Forms

bossily, adverbbossiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for bossy (2 of 2)

bossy

2
/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /

adjective

(of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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