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[baw-see, bos-ee] /ˈbɔ si, ˈbɒs i/
adjective, bossier, bossiest.
1.
given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; boss1 + -y1
Related forms
bossily, adverb
bossiness, noun
Synonyms
highhanded, officious, dictational; overbearing, abrasive.
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British Dictionary definitions for bossiness

bossy1

/ˈbɒsɪ/
adjective bossier, bossiest
1.
(informal) domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
Derived Forms
bossily, adverb
bossiness, noun

bossy2

/ˈbɒsɪ/
adjective
1.
(of furniture) ornamented with bosses
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Word Origin and History for bossiness
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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Slang definitions & phrases for bossiness

bossy 1

adjective

Domineering; autocratic: She's very bossy, a take-charge gal (1880s+)


bossy 2

noun
  1. A cow
  2. Beef (1930s+ Lunch counter)

[fr Latin bos, ''cow'']


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