Definition of domineering
: inclined to exercise arbitrary and overbearing control over others
Examples of domineering in a sentence
the younger children in the family were controlled by a domineering older sister
Did You Know?
To be domineering is to behave like a lord. (The word lordly doesn't express quite the same thing.) Someone who tells you what you can wear or what friends you can spend time with could be called domineering; so could someone who always decides what you're going to do with your free time. Those of us who grow up with a domineering parent usually flee as soon as we're old enough.
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DOMINEERING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of domineering for English Language Learners
: tending too often to tell people what to do : often trying to control the behavior of others
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