Bossy



given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering.
studded with bosses.
a familiar name for a cow or calf.
Contemporary Examples

Sheryl Sandberg’s Got a Bigger Problem Than Bossy-Gate Keli Goff March 16, 2014
China’s Jackie Kennedy: Gu Kailai and the Bo Xilai’s Scandal Melinda Liu April 11, 2012
My Daughter Is Bossy—But Don’t Call Her That Sally Kohn March 11, 2014

Historical Examples

Young Lucretia and Other Stories Mary E. Wilkins
At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
Molly Brown’s Senior Days Nell Speed
The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3), John Ruskin
Legacy James H Schmitz
Mary’s Little Lamb Edith Francis Foster

adjective bossier, bossiest
(informal) domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian
adjective
(of furniture) ornamented with bosses
adj.

A cow
Beef (1930s+ Lunch counter)

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  • Bossily

    given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering. adjective bossier, bossiest (informal) domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian adjective (of furniture) ornamented with bosses adj. A cow Beef (1930s+ Lunch counter)

  • Bossiness

    given to ordering people about; overly authoritative; domineering. Historical Examples The Rhythm of Life Alice Meynell adjective bossier, bossiest (informal) domineering, overbearing, or authoritarian adjective (of furniture) ornamented with bosses adj. A cow Beef (1930s+ Lunch counter)



  • Bossing

    a person who employs or superintends workers; manager. a politician who controls the party organization, as in a particular district. a person who makes decisions, exercises authority, dominates, etc.: My grandfather was the boss in his family. to be master of or over; manage; direct; control. to order about, especially in an arrogant manner. to […]

  • Bossism

    control by bosses, especially political bosses. Historical Examples Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman. W. Fletcher Johnson noun (US) the domination or the system of domination of political organizations by bosses



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