Main definitions of bossy in English

: bossy1bossy2

bossy1

adjectivebossier, bossiest

informal
  • Fond of giving people orders; domineering.

    ‘don't be so bossy!’
    ‘a bossy, meddling woman’
    • ‘A thin, tall woman with a bossy face was giving orders to other girls as they took plates to the different tables.’
    • ‘Self-assertion and a desire for autonomy are important components of genuine citizenship, as is a distrust of bossy authority.’
    • ‘A person who knows how to take charge and organise others can also be bossy and dictatorial.’
    • ‘It was obvious in the pride Jyller had and her bossy nature at ordering the maids around.’
    • ‘Someone should slap me but I think it's minor retribution for her unnecessarily autocratic, bossy tendencies that once again reared up yesterday.’
    • ‘Produce very bossy chocolate bars that will order the eater to do ten press ups between each bite.’
    • ‘His cocky and bossy attitude was not one she liked, but she did go over for Rolandon's sake.’
    • ‘They are always bossy and try to control you every second.’
    • ‘Sure, she could be a rude, obnoxious, pushy, bossy woman most of the time, but I also had to admit that she had the heart of a lion.’
    • ‘Her father left and her mother worked all the time, so Joey decided to become man of the house and take on an authoritarian and bossy role.’
    • ‘How could she be attracted to such a rude, egotistical, high-handed, bossy man like him?’
    • ‘I'm not sure if she was officially beachmaster, or just being bossy.’
    • ‘Tributes pour in thick and fast from Lapotaire: ‘She was completely in charge of the crew without being bossy.’’
    • ‘This also comes through in parliamentary debate, where her style has been criticised as somewhat bossy—despite her complaint that it is a pity the chamber has not allowed more space for cross-party agreement.’
    • ‘Speaking last week, after they had moved out and on condition of anonymity, they described him as ‘very bossy and imposing’ but with a ‘technical mind’.’
    • ‘‘I like organising and I am fairly bossy,’ says the mum-of-two.’
    • ‘The doctor who called me bossy last week said I was doubly bossy today!’
    • ‘I'm bossy, and that's why I want to be a producer.’
    • ‘One ex-housemate, who did not want to be named, described him as a man who was difficult to get along with, very bossy and ‘imposing’.’
    • ‘Albert lives with his domineering, bossy, bullying, unhappy, horrible mother.’
    domineering, dominating, overbearing, imperious, masterful, autocratic, autarchic, officious, high-handed, high and mighty, authoritarian, dictatorial, strict, harsh, severe, iron-handed, controlling, despotic, tyrannical, draconian, oppressive, subjugating, undemocratic, anti-democratic
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Pronunciation

bossy

/ˈbɒsi/

Main definitions of bossy in English

: bossy1bossy2

bossy2

nounbossies

US informal
  • A cow or calf.

    ‘Alongside Karoo lamb, infused with those tough little Karoo bossies, the delicacy of the month could be Nahoon pork.’

Origin

Mid 19th century of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bossy

/ˈbɒsi/