Etymology 1Edit

boss +‎ -y


bossy (comparative bossier, superlative bossiest)

  1. Tending to give orders to others, especially when unwarranted; domineering.
    • 1994, Jackie Collins, Hollywood Kids:
      Over in the wardrobe department a bossy woman in ill-fitting dungarees tried to talk her into wearing a short red low-cut dress for the test.
    • 2019, Fancy Feast, “On Being a Fetish”, in Jewish Currents[1], number Summer 2019:
      Where American Jewish men contend with stereotypes of being oversexed, needy, nebbishy and neurotic (like Woody Allen, boo hiss), Jewish women are cast as withholding, bossy, exotic, and materialistic (like Fran Drescher, which honestly? Goals).

Etymology 2Edit

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)).


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 3Edit

boss +‎ -y


bossy (comparative more bossy, superlative most bossy)

  1. Ornamented with bosses; studded.


Lower SorbianEdit



  1. Obsolete spelling of bósy