boss


1boss

noun \ˈbäs, ˈbs\

Definition of BOSS

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
:  a soft pad used in ceramics and glassmaking
3
:  the hub of a propeller

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Origin of BOSS

Middle English boce, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *bottia
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BOSS

2boss

verb

Definition of BOSS

transitive verb
1
:  to ornament with bosses :  emboss
2
:  to treat (as the surface of porcelain) with a boss

First Known Use of BOSS

15th century

3boss

noun

Definition of BOSS

1
:  a person who exercises control or authority; specifically :  one who directs or supervises workers
2
:  a politician who controls votes in a party organization or dictates appointments or legislative measures
boss·dom \-dəm\ noun
boss·ism \ˈbä-ˌsi-zəm, ˈb-\ noun

Origin of BOSS

Dutch baas master
First Known Use: 1653

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

4boss

adjective \ˈbs\

: great or excellent

Full Definition of BOSS

slang

Examples of BOSS

  1. a boss new rock band
  2. <that's a really boss stereo you've got>

First Known Use of BOSS

1836

Related to BOSS

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], excellent [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched

5boss

verb \ˈbs\

Definition of BOSS

transitive verb
1
:  to act as boss of
2
:  to give usually arbitrary orders to —usually used with around

First Known Use of BOSS

1856

6boss

noun \ˈbs, ˈbäs\

Definition of BOSS

:  cow, calf

Origin of BOSS

English dialect, young cow
First Known Use: 1790

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

boss

noun \ˈbäs, ˈbs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BOSS

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

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