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Bossy   /bˈɔsi/   Listen
Bossy

adjective
1.
Offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power.  Synonyms: autocratic, dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial, peremptory.  "Autocratic behavior" , "A bossy way of ordering others around" , "A rather aggressive and dominating character" , "Managed the employees in an aloof magisterial way" , "A swaggering peremptory manner"






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"Bossy" Quotes from Famous Books



... you were used to getting what you wanted, the minute you wanted it," she went on, disregarding his question and intent on explaining the queerness of his speech. "I'd be afeard to be your wife, you'd be such a bossy man!" ...
— The Foolish Lovers • St. John G. Ervine

... microscopic outline. Nor do these little creatures lack a beauty of their own. Their minute shields of pure translucent silex are elaborately wrought in microscopic symbols of mimic heraldry. They are the chivalry of the deep, the tiny knights with lance and cuirass, and oval bossy shield carved in quaint conceits and ornamental fashion. Nor must we despise them when we reflect upon their power of accretion. The Gallionellae, invisible to the naked eye, can, of their heraldic shields and flinty armor, make two cubic ...
— Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873. • Various

... "See here, Miss—Bossy Tamer," he said. "If the Superintendent is willing, go get your hat and coat, and I'll take you out on that meningitis case with me. It's a thirty mile run if it's a block, and I guess if you sit on the front seat it will blow the cobwebs out of your brain—if ...
— The White Linen Nurse • Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

... I yike to live here if Timfy doin' to live here too. I yike oo, I yike Samfy, I yike Dabe, I yike white tat 'n' white tow 'n' white bossy 'n' my boofely desses 'n' my boofely dolly 'n' er day hen 'n' ...
— Timothy's Quest - A Story for Anybody, Young or Old, Who Cares to Read It • Kate Douglas Wiggin

... Venus deeply seared in the brown flanks of the bull he is chasing. But the herd are closing round us with low mutterings, and George has again recourse to the authoritative "TORO," and with swinging riata divides the "bossy bucklers" on either side. When we are free, and breathing somewhat more easily, I venture to ask George if they ...
— Selected Stories • Bret Harte

... institute, looking forward with great joy to the time when they would graduate and come back to help him in the work. Then he would be able to let his original evangelists go (they were getting a bit too bossy anyway, and thought they knew how the Lord's work should be carried on better than he did!), and have only his own spiritual children associated with him in the work. They would all work happily under ...
— Have We No Rights? - A frank discussion of the "rights" of missionaries • Mabel Williamson

... you don't think I'm one any more. But Bill, there—he's one, ain't he? It seems to me you've been getting kind of bossy around here, lately—and the women of we northern men don't ...
— The Snowshoe Trail • Edison Marshall

... know, I sometimes think that you don't like them. [Fanny makes a movement.] Of course, they are a bit bossy, I admit. But all that comes from ...
— Fanny and the Servant Problem • Jerome K. Jerome

... (Too dag-gon bossy and dictatorial, that Charley Lomax is. Getting 'most too big for his breeches. Never mind, there's going to be a fire election week from Tuesday. See whether he'll be chief next year or not. Sending a man away from the fire right at ...
— Back Home • Eugene Wood

... much experience," remarked the canteen matron icily. She thought Miss Gibbs "bossy" and interfering, and considered that she knew her own business best, without suggestions ...
— The Madcap of the School • Angela Brazil

... BOSSY (Dr.), a German by birth. He was well known in the beginning of the nineteenth century in Covent Garden, and in ...
— Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama - A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook, Vol. 3 • E. Cobham Brewer

... his head. "She will catch it," they said; "Serve her right for her meddlesome way!" Said the farmer, "Come here, little bossy, my dear! You have done what I cannot repay, And your fortune is ...
— Happy Days for Boys and Girls • Various



Words linked to "Bossy" :   autocratic, boss, domineering



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