Definition of boss
- a boss of granite
- a boss on an animal's horn
The Dutch settlements in North America all came under English rule in the 1660s and 1670s, but Dutch continued to be spoken in the region long afterward. In American English, the lexical heritage of the Dutch colonies includes dope, stoop (meaning “porch”), and Santa Claus. Perhaps the most pervasive Dutch loanword is boss, from the Dutch baas, meaning “master.” The word first appears in the form boss in 1806, used by Washington Irving. Part of its success seems to have resulted from an American aversion to master, which was common in British use.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use: 1653See Words from the same year
a boss new rock band
that's a really boss stereo you've got
First Known Use: 1790See Words from the same year
What made you want to look up boss? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).