- to rule arbitrarily or despotically; tyrannize.
- to tower; to tower over or above: The castle domineers the town.
Origin of domineer
Related Wordsbulldoze, menace, bully, hector, intimidate, bluster, rule, bend, swagger, tyrannize, reign, preponderate, threaten, dominate, prevail, browbeat, predominate, overbear, henpeck
Examples from the Web for domineer
Thereupon, Bismarck proceeded to domineer over the delegates.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
The Bishop is old and meek, and Mr. Groschut thought that he could domineer.Is He Popenjoy?
But she had become imperious, and inclined to domineer, if not in action, yet in spirit.Cousin Henry
The proclivity of the natural man is to domineer or to be subservient.
There is no creature in the world so ready as he to domineer, to enslave, to destroy.
- (intr often foll by over) to act with arrogance or tyranny; behave imperiously
Word Origin and History for domineer
1580s, from Dutch domineren "to rule" (16c.), from Middle French dominer, from Latin dominari "to rule, 'lord' it over" (see domination). Shakespeare's usage is not the earliest in English. Related: Domineering.