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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bossy

2 [baw-see, bos-ee]
adjective, bossier, bossiest.
studded with bosses.

Origin:
1535–45; boss2 + -y1

bossy

3 [bos-ee, baw-see]
noun, plural bossies.
a familiar name for a cow or calf.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; boss3 + -y2

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boss or bossy3 (bɒs)
 
n , pl bosses, bossies
a calf or cow
 
[C19: from dialect buss calf, perhaps ultimately from Latin bōs cow, ox]
 
bossy or bossy3
 
n
 
[C19: from dialect buss calf, perhaps ultimately from Latin bōs cow, ox]

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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