bossy

1
[baw-see, bos-ee]
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Origin of bossy

1
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; boss1 + -y1
Related formsboss·i·ly, adverbboss·i·ness, noun

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bossy

2
[baw-see, bos-ee]
adjective, boss·i·er, boss·i·est.
  1. studded with bosses.

Origin of bossy

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

bossy

3
[bos-ee, baw-see]
noun, plural bos·sies.
  1. 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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Historical Examples of bossy

  • "No wonder Miss Alice Fern is so bossy with him," she thought.

  • Now that Bossy is gone, I don't know what we are going to do for milk.

    At the Little Brown House

    Ruth Alberta Brown

  • I thought it would make you more conceited and bossy than ever.

    Etheldreda the Ready

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • "You're a bossy sort of slob, Heslet Quillan," she said equably.

    Legacy

    James H Schmitz

  • How was she going to get on with such jolty, jerky, bossy people?

    The Rainbow

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence


British Dictionary definitions for bossy

bossy

1
adjective bossier or bossiest
  1. informal domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
Derived Formsbossily, adverbbossiness, noun

bossy

2
adjective
  1. (of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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Word Origin and History for 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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