bossiness

bossy

1 [baw-see, bos-ee]
adjective, bossier, bossiest.
given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; boss1 + -y1

bossily, adverb
bossiness, noun


highhanded, officious, dictational; overbearing, abrasive.
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bossy1 (ˈbɒsɪ)
 
adj , bossier, bossiest
informal domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
 
'bossily1
 
adv
 
'bossiness1
 
n

bossy2 (ˈbɒsɪ)
 
adj
(of furniture) ornamented with bosses

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bossy
1540s, "swelling, projecting and rounded, decorated with bosses" from boss (2). Meaning "domineering, fond of ordering people about" is recorded 1882, from boss (1). As a common cow name it represents L. bos "cow."
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