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.

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

Related formsboss·i·ly, adverbboss·i·ness, noun

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

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

bossy

1
/ (ˈbɒsɪ) /

adjective bossier or bossiest

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

adjective

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

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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