Definitions for BOSSbɒs, bɔs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person who employs or superintends workers; foreperson or manager.
a politician who controls the party organization.
a person who makes decisions, exercises authority, etc.
(v.t.)to be master of or over; direct; control.
to order about, esp. in an arrogant manner.
(v.i.)to be boss.
to be too domineering and authoritative.
Category: Status (usage)
Origin of boss:
1640–50, Amer.; < D baas master, foreman
a knoblike mass on the body or on some organ of an animal or plant.
Category: Zoology, Botany
an ornamental protuberance of metal, ivory, etc.; stud.
an ornamental, knoblike architectural projection.
(v.t.)to ornament with bosses.
Origin of boss:
1250–1300; ME boce < AF: lump, growth, boil; OF < VL *bottia
a familiar name for a calf or cow.
Origin of boss:
1790–1800, Amer.; cf. dial. (SW England) borse, boss, buss six-month-old calf
foreman, chief, gaffer, honcho, boss(noun)
a person who exercises control over workers
"if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
a person responsible for hiring workers
"the boss hired three more men for the new job"
a person who exercises control and makes decisions
"he is his own boss now"
party boss, political boss, boss(noun)
a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments
"party bosses have a reputation for corruption"
a circular rounded projection or protuberance
"a boss hand at carpentry"; "his brag cornfield"
emboss, boss, stamp(verb)
raise in a relief
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a person in charge at work
Ask your boss for a raise.
to continuously tell sb what to do
***Stop bossing everyone around.
any protuberant part; a round, swelling part or body; a knoblike process; as, a boss of wood
a protuberant ornament on any work, either of different material from that of the work or of the same, as upon a buckler or bridle; a stud; a knob; the central projection of a shield. See Umbilicus
a projecting ornament placed at the intersection of the ribs of ceilings, whether vaulted or flat, and in other situations
a wooden vessel for the mortar used in tiling or masonry, hung by a hook from the laths, or from the rounds of a ladder
the enlarged part of a shaft, on which a wheel is keyed, or at the end, where it is coupled to another
a swage or die used for shaping metals
a head or reservoir of water
to ornament with bosses; to stud
a master workman or superintendent; a director or manager; a political dictator
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'BOSS' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3221
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'BOSS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2429
Rank popularity for the word 'BOSS' in Nouns Frequency: #1105
Translations for BOSS
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the master or manager
the boss of the factory.
- baas, bestuurderAfrikaans
- رِئيس دَيْرArabic
- patrãoPortuguese (BR)
- der ChefGerman
- chef; bossDanish
- προϊστάμενος, αφεντικόGreek
- boss, peremeesEstonian
- رئیس؛ مدیرFarsi
- főnök, tulajHungarian
- verkstjóri, yfirmaðurIcelandic
- capo, padroneItalian
- šeimininkas, vadovas, viršininkasLithuanian
- saimnieks; uzņēmējs; meistars; vadītājs; bossLatvian
- ketua besarMalay
- sjef, (daglig) leder, pampNorwegian
- رئیس؛ مدیرPersian
- ریس ، مدیرPashto
- şef, patronRomanian
- chef, bas, bossSwedish
- 老闆Chinese (Trad.)
- хазяїн; господарUkrainian
- حاکم ، مالک ، بڑا افسرUrdu
- ông chủ; thủ trưởngVietnamese
- 老板Chinese (Simp.)
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