bossy

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Etymology 1[edit]

boss +‎ -y

Adjective[edit]

bossy (comparative bossier, superlative bossiest)

  1. Tending to give orders to others, especially when unwarranted; domineering.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Diminutive of dialectal English boss, as used in the term boss-calf (which, like buss-calf, is a variant form of boose-calf, a calf kept in a boose (stall)).

Noun[edit]

bossy (plural bossies)

  1. (US, informal, dated) A cow or calf.
    • about 1900, O. Henry, Hygeia at the Solito
      A week before, while riding the prairies, Raidler had come upon a sick and weakling calf deserted and bawling. Without dismounting he had reached and slung the distressed bossy across his saddle, and dropped it at the ranch for the boys to attend to.

Etymology 3[edit]

boss +‎ -y

Adjective[edit]

bossy (comparative more bossy, superlative most bossy)

  1. Ornamented with bosses; studded.

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bossy

  1. Obsolete spelling of bósy.