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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Word Origin & History

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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Children often complain about invisible friends who won't share or are too loud, too bossy, too stubborn or too busy to play.
All four wheels on the center bossy are generally perpendicular to the load bar.
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