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bossy1

[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.

bossy2

[baw-see, bos-ee] /ˈbɔ si, ˈbɒs i/
adjective, bossier, bossiest.
1.
studded with bosses.
Origin
1535-45; boss2 + -y1

bossy3

[bos-ee, baw-see] /ˈbɒs i, ˈbɔ si/
noun, plural bossies.
1.
a familiar name for a cow or calf.
Origin
1835-45, Americanism; boss3 + -y2
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for bossy

boss3

/bɒs/
noun (pl) bosses, bossies
1.
a calf or cow
Word Origin
C19: from dialect buss calf, perhaps ultimately from Latin bōs cow, ox

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 bossy
adj.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for bossy

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'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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