Definition of “bossy” - English Dictionary

“bossy” in English

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bossyadjective

uk /ˈbɒs.i/ us /ˈbɑː.si/ disapproving

bossy adjective (PERSON)

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

Examples

bossy adjective (OBJECT)

US having a raised pattern on the surface

bossily
adverb uk /ˈbɒs.əl.i/ us /ˈbɑː.səl.i/
bossiness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈbɒs.i.nəs/ /ˈbɑː.si.nəs/

Examples from literature

  • Aunt Rebecca's funny and bossy but I like to go to her house, it's so little and cute, everything. 
  • Once they quarreled, and he raged that she was as "bossy" as his wife and far more whining when he was inattentive. 
  • She's too bossy. 
  • Terribly particular, you know, and bossy and domineering. 
  • You are getting mighty bossy since you're able to hobble around, as you call it. 

Examples from literature

  • Aunt Rebecca's funny and bossy but I like to go to her house, it's so little and cute, everything. 
  • Once they quarreled, and he raged that she was as "bossy" as his wife and far more whining when he was inattentive. 
  • She's too bossy. 
  • Terribly particular, you know, and bossy and domineering. 
  • You are getting mighty bossy since you're able to hobble around, as you call it. 

bossynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɒs.i/ us /ˈbɑː.si/ US informal

a cow

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