There are 2 main definitions of bossy in English:

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bossy 1

Pronunciation: /ˈbôsē/

adjective (bossier, bossiest)

Fond of giving people orders; domineering: she was headlong, bossy, scared of nobody, and full of vinegar
More example sentences
  • 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.
informal high and mighty



Pronunciation: /ˈbôsəlē/
Example sentences
  • ‘Now,’ I said bossily, ‘You're going to take off your clothes and dry yourself off, and then you're going to get dressed into some warm clothes.’
  • Before Leanne could tell Chloe she didn't feel like going to the dance, Mrs. Brawnings had shoved through and bossily ordered everyone out of the room.
  • She bossily took his arm away from my shoulders.


Pronunciation: /ˈbôsēnəs/
Example sentences
  • It's from such child-play, along with the bossiness of their grandmother, that Barrie gets the inspiration for the work that will become Peter Pan.
  • And Harry's friend Hermione is getting through her childhood bossiness and becoming the most moral and decent character in the books, as well as being smart and powerful.
  • Don't tolerate tantrums, disrespect or bossiness.

Words that rhyme with bossy

Flossie, flossy, glossy, mossy, posse
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There are 2 main definitions of bossy in English:

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bossy 2

Pronunciation: /ˈbôsē/

noun (plural bossies)

US informal
A cow or calf. Compare with boss3.
Example sentences
  • Alongside Karoo lamb, infused with those tough little Karoo bossies, the delicacy of the month could be Nahoon pork.


Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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