One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fond of giving people orders; domineering.‘don't be so bossy!’‘a bossy, meddling woman’
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-democraticView synonyms
- ‘A person who knows how to take charge and organise others can also be bossy and dictatorial.’
- ‘Someone should slap me but I think it's minor retribution for her unnecessarily autocratic, bossy tendencies that once again reared up yesterday.’
- ‘Tributes pour in thick and fast from Lapotaire: ‘She was completely in charge of the crew without being bossy.’’
- ‘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!’
- ‘A thin, tall woman with a bossy face was giving orders to other girls as they took plates to the different tables.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘It was obvious in the pride Jyller had and her bossy nature at ordering the maids around.’
- ‘I'm bossy, and that's why I want to be a producer.’
- ‘How could she be attracted to such a rude, egotistical, high-handed, bossy man like him?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I'm not sure if she was officially beachmaster, or just being bossy.’
- ‘Albert lives with his domineering, bossy, bullying, unhappy, horrible mother.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Self-assertion and a desire for autonomy are important components of genuine citizenship, as is a distrust of bossy authority.’
- ‘Produce very bossy chocolate bars that will order the eater to do ten press ups between each bite.’
A cow or calf.
- ‘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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