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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to ordering others around; domineering.
  • adj. Decorated with raised ornaments.
  • n. Informal A cow or calf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. tending to give orders to others, especially when unwarranted; domineering
  • n. A cow or calf.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ornamented with bosses; studded.
  • n. A cow or calf; -- familiarly so called.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furnished or ornamented with a boss or bosses.
  • Projecting in the round; boldly prominent, as if composed of bosses: said of sculpture, etc.
  • Acting like a boss; masterful; domineering.
  • n. A familiar name for a cow or calf. See boss .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

Etymologies

From boss3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Diminutive of English dialect boss in boss-calf, buss-calf, for boose-calf, properly, a calf kept in the stall. See boose. (Wiktionary)

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