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boss

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noun \ˈbäs, ˈbȯs\

Definition of boss

  1. 1 a :  a protuberant part or body <a boss of granite> <a boss on an animal's horn> b :  a raised ornamentation :  stud c :  an ornamental projecting block used in architecture

  2. 2 :  a soft pad used in ceramics and glassmaking

  3. 3 :  the hub of a propeller



Illustration of boss

Origin of boss

Middle English boce, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *bottia


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with boss


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boss

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Definition of boss

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ornament with bosses :  emboss

  3. 2 :  to treat (as the surface of porcelain) with a boss



15th Century

First Known Use of boss

15th century


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boss

noun

Definition of boss

  1. 1 :  a person who exercises control or authority; specifically :  one who directs or supervises workers

  2. 2 :  a politician who controls votes in a party organization or dictates appointments or legislative measures

bossdom play \-dəm\ noun
bossism play \ˈbä-ˌsi-zəm, ˈbȯ-\ noun


Origin of boss

Dutch baas master


First Known Use: 1653


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boss

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adjective \ˈbȯs\

Simple Definition of boss

  • : great or excellent

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of boss

slang

  1. :  excellent, first-rate

Examples of boss in a sentence

  1. a boss new rock band

  2. <that's a really boss stereo you've got>



1836

First Known Use of boss

1836


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boss

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verb \ˈbȯs\

Definition of boss

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act as boss of

  3. 2 :  to give usually arbitrary orders to —usually used with around



1856

First Known Use of boss

1856


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boss

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noun \ˈbȯs, ˈbäs\

Definition of boss

  1. :  cow, calf



Origin of boss

English dialect, young cow


First Known Use: 1790

Other Animal Husbandry Terms



BOSS Defined for Kids

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boss

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noun \ˈbȯs\

Definition of boss for Students

  1. 1 :  the person at a job who tells workers what to do

  2. 2 :  the head of a group (as a political organization)




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boss

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verb

Definition of boss for Students

bossedbossing

  1. :  to give orders to <Don't boss me around.>




Medical Dictionary

boss

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noun \ˈbäs, ˈbȯs\

Medical Definition of boss

  1. :  a protuberant part or body <a boss on an animal's horn>





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