bossier; bossiest
: inclined to domineer : dictatorial
bossiness noun
: marked by a swelling or roundness
: marked by bosses : studded


3 of 3


plural bossies
: cow, calf

Examples of bossy in a Sentence

Adjective (1) I don't want to work with him because he's so bossy and always runs roughshod over me
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



boss entry 6

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1882, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bossy was in 1543

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“Bossy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


bossier; bossiest
: fond of ordering people around : domineering
bossiness noun

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