Definition of “bossy” - English Dictionary

“bossy” in British English

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uk /ˈbɒs.i/ us /ˈbɑː.si/ disapproving

B2 A bossy person is always telling people what to do.


  • She's strong without being bossy.
  • Stop being so schoolmarmish and bossy!
  • Blake may seem bossy, but I'll tell you it's Lisa that really wears the trousers in that relationship.
  • My older sister was very bossy.
  • Girls of that age can get quite bossy.
adverb uk /ˈbɒs.əl.i/ us /ˈbɑː.səl.i/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈbɒs.i.nəs/ /ˈbɑː.si.nəs/

(Definition of “bossy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)