What does BOSS mean?

Definitions for BOSS
bɒs, bɔsboss

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word BOSS.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreman, chief, gaffer, honcho, bossnoun

    a person who exercises control over workers

    "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"

  2. boss, hirernoun

    a person responsible for hiring workers

    "the boss hired three more men for the new job"

  3. bossnoun

    a person who exercises control and makes decisions

    "he is his own boss now"

  4. party boss, political boss, bossnoun

    a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments

    "party bosses have a reputation for corruption"

  5. knob, bossadjective

    a circular rounded projection or protuberance

  6. boss, bragverb

    exceptionally good

    "a boss hand at carpentry"; "his brag cornfield"

  7. emboss, boss, stampverb

    raise in a relief

    "embossed stationery"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bossnoun

    Etymology: bosse, Fr.

    What signifies beauty, strength, youth, fortune, embroidered furniture, or gaudy bosses? Roger L'Estrange.

    This ivory was intended for the bosses of a bridle, was laid up for a prince, and a woman of Caria or Mæonia dyed it. Alexander Pope, Notes on Iliad.

    He runneth upon him, even on his neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers. Job, xv. 26.

    A boss made of wood, with an iron hook, to hang on the laths, or on a ladder, in which the labourer puts the mortar at the britches of the tiles. Joseph Moxon, Mechanical Exercises.

    If a close appulse be made by the lips, then is framed M; if by the boss of the tongue to the palate, near the throat, then K. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bossnoun

    any protuberant part; a round, swelling part or body; a knoblike process; as, a boss of wood

  2. Bossnoun

    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

  3. Bossnoun

    a projecting ornament placed at the intersection of the ribs of ceilings, whether vaulted or flat, and in other situations

  4. Bossnoun

    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

  5. Bossnoun

    the enlarged part of a shaft, on which a wheel is keyed, or at the end, where it is coupled to another

  6. Bossnoun

    a swage or die used for shaping metals

  7. Bossnoun

    a head or reservoir of water

  8. Bossverb

    to ornament with bosses; to stud

  9. Bossnoun

    a master workman or superintendent; a director or manager; a political dictator


  1. Boss

    A mob boss, crime lord, Don or kingpin is a person in charge of a criminal organization or a terrorist organization. A boss typically has absolute or near-absolute control over his subordinates, is greatly feared by his subordinates for his ruthlessness and willingness to take lives in order to exert his influence, and profits from the criminal endeavours in which his organization engages. Some groups may only have as little as two ranks. Other groups have a more complex, structured organization with many ranks, and structure may vary with cultural background. Organized crime enterprises originating in Sicily differ in structure from those in mainland Italy. American groups may be structured differently from their European counterparts, and Latino and African American gangs often have structures that vary from European gangs. The size of the criminal organization also is important, as regional or national gangs have much more complex hierarchies.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Boss

    bos, n. the chief or leader: the master, manager, or foreman: the person who pulls the wires in political intrigues.—adj. chief: excellent.—v.t. to manage or control.—To boss the show, to be supreme director of an enterprise. [Amer.; from the New York Dutch baas, master; cog. with Ger. base, a cousin.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. boss

    A head of water, or reservoir. Also the apex of a shield.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. boss

    The apex of a shield.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Boss

    A term derived from the Dutch settlers of New York, in whose language baas (pronounced like the a in all), expressed an overseer or master.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BOSS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Boss is ranked #4154 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Boss surname appeared 8,529 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Boss.

    86.6% or 7,394 total occurrences were White.
    8.4% or 720 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 167 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 140 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 61 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 47 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BOSS' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3221

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BOSS' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2429

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BOSS' in Nouns Frequency: #1105

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BOSS in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BOSS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of BOSS in a Sentence

  1. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock:

    Six years ago, when Detective Leslie Branch-Wise was on my detail, we became friends, and I blurred the lines between being a friend and being a boss. Our text exchanges became too casual, too familiar, and last week I learned, after six years, that they hurt her and offended her ….

  2. Laura Lock:

    Using her son and others as an example is shameful, she said. As a parent, an educator, a friend, a co-worker, a boss using people to make an example of a situation is wrong.

  3. Monica Lewinsky:

    So it was wholly inappropriate as the most powerful man, my boss, 49 years old, i was 22, literally just out of college. And I think that the power differentials there are something that I couldn't ever fathom consequences at 22 that I understand obviously so differently at 48.

  4. Penny Chen:

    Our boss told the women to meet outside, but it was a practical joke; the men had already left before with the bus to the restaurant.

  5. Angela Loaiza:

    I couldn’t believe it, i kept jumping in disbelief and I told my boss to confirm it was real and when she did I thought of my mom and my daughter.

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    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
    • A. reciprocal
    • B. canopy
    • C. snap
    • D. whitewash

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